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    Midpoint Rule

    midpoint rule to approximate the integral where n=3
    upper limit=11 ; lower limit=5 (5x+2x^2)dx

    so far i've got delta x and just cant get the numbers to plug into the original function
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    Mid-point rule

    Hello sjara
    Quote Originally Posted by sjara View Post
    midpoint rule to approximate the integral where n=3
    upper limit=11 ; lower limit=5 (5x+2x^2)dx

    so far i've got delta x and just cant get the numbers to plug into the original function
    \Delta = \frac{11-5}{3}=2. Do you agree?

    So we want three rectangles, each of width 2 units, starting at x=5, ending at x=11; total width = 3\times2 = 6

    The mid-point of the first rectangle, then, is at x = 5 + \tfrac12\Delta = 5 + 1=6. So this is the first value of x to plug into the function; i.e.
    f(6) = 5\times6 + 2\times 6^2 = 30 +72 = 102
    This is the height of the first rectangle, then. Its area is therefore 102 \times 2.

    The next value of x is at the mid-point of the second rectangle; i.e. at x = 6 + 2 = 8; and the final value will be at x = 8+2 = 10.

    Work out f(8) and f(10), and then the total area.

    I make the answer 1040. Do you?

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