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Riemann Sum Approximation

  1. Nov 11, 2013 #1

    Qube

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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

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    2. Relevant equations

    The area can be approximated by using the sum of the areas of the rectangles. Area of rectangle = change in x * y (given by f(x)).

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I've taken calculus I, II, and diff eqs., but I haven't done this for a while. I'm doing it mostly from intuition and memory.

    My x-values are 0, 0.5, 1, and 1.5. This gives me the x-values for a left-handed approximation since I'm not going up to 2.

    My y-values are therefore 6, 3, 2, and 3/2.

    0.5(6) + 0.5(3) + 0.5(2) + 0.5(3/2) = 3 + 3/2 + 1 + 3/4 = 25/4.
     
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  3. Nov 11, 2013 #2

    Mark44

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    That is correct.
     
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