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Homework Help: Volume using midpoint rule

  1. Jan 26, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A CAT scan produces equally spaced cross-sectional views of a human organ that provide information about the organ otherwise obtained only by surgery. Suppose that a CAT scan of a human liver shows cross-sections spaced 1.5 cm apart. The liver is 15 cm long and the cross-sectional areas, in square centimeters, are 0, 19, 58, 79, 95, 105, 116, 128, 63, 40, and 0. Use the Midpoint Rule with n = 5 to estimate the volume V of the liver.

    2. Relevant equations

    Not sure what I'm suppose to use, disk method? V=[tex]\int[/tex][tex]\pi[/tex]r[tex]^{2}[/tex]

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I'm not sure if I'm supposed to treat this like I would a normal riemann sum using the midpoint rule because the question is asking for a volume and I'm given surface area. The way I see this problem I feel like I have to add up all the surface areas because that's what you do when you find volume by integration. This wouldn't make sense though since I'm given the midpoint rule of n=5.
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