Numerical Integration

  • Vilmos Komornik
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Part of the Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series book series (SUMS)

Abstract

For his celestial mechanics Newton had to evaluate complicated integrals. He and his followers generalized the trapezoidal rule \(\int _{a}^{b}f(x)\ dx \approx \frac{f(a)+f(b)} {2} (b - a)\) and Simpson’s rule \(\int _{a}^{b}f(x)\ dx \approx \frac{f(a)+4f(\frac{a+b} {2} )+f(b)} {6} (b - a)\) by seeking approximations of the form \(\int _{I}f(x)\ dx \approx A_{1}f(x_{1}) + \cdots + A_{n}\,f(x_{n})\) where the points x k and coefficients A k do not depend on the particular choice of the function f.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vilmos Komornik
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of StrasbourgStrasbourgFrance

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