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5.5 Simpson's Rule and Other Approximation Methods

5.5 Simpson's Rule and Other Approximation Methods

Author: rebecca martin

NOTE:  To EVALUATE integrals:   FTC 2 (anti-differentiation)  or geometric area calculations provide exact answers. When neither of these options are possible (for example when we have data values only or a bizzare function) we use APPROXIMATION methods.  These include LRAM, RRAM, MRAM, and the two in today's lesson.


  • Determine how to approximate area using the Trapezoid Rule
  • Determine how to approximate area using Simpson's Rule
  • Determine which conditions must exist to use Simpson's Rule and when its application is the most appropriate.



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Simpson's Rule


This assignment will be completed in class...

P. 311 Quick review 5.5 #1-10

P. 312  # 1-7 odd,8, 10, 11- 17 odd, 22, 31 - 36