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Homework Help: Use Simpson's Rule to approximate an integral

  1. Mar 1, 2006 #1
    Use Simpson's Rule and all the data in the following table to estimate the value of the integral

    2
    S ydx
    -4

    S=integral sign

    x -4 -3 -2 -1 0 1 2
    y 0 -4 -8 -9 1 5 -7
     
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  3. Mar 1, 2006 #2
    the function provided doesn't even fit with the data in the table

    wut the hell is this?!
     
  4. Mar 1, 2006 #3

    HallsofIvy

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    Try reading the problem again. "The function provided doesn't even fit with the data in the table" isn't true- they don't give you a function except through the data.
    You are asked to use Simpson's rule to integrate
    [tex]\int_{-4}^2 f(x)dx[/tex]
    where f(x) is given by the table. I just substituted "f(x)" for "y" because I think you were mistaking it for "x".
     
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