MATH101 April 2008
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Question 01 (d)
Write down the Trapezoidal Rule approximation for
Leave your answer expressed as a sum involving cosines.
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The Trapezoid Rule in full generality is
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Recall that when , , and we have
We plug in these values to see that
completing the question. Note that if we actually compute the value we get that, and that,
which already to this low approximation shows fairly good accuracy.
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