Chapter 19: Numerical Integration

 

Introduction

If you want to evaluate a particular integral, you can do it with amazing ease on a spreadsheet. It should take no more than ten minutes to set up an integrating spreadsheet, and once you have one, you can apply it to a new integrand in under a minute. All you need do is enter your integrand once, copy it into a rectangle, and enter your limits of integration.
Since it is so convenient to do this, you would be wise to check any integral you evaluate numerically. If your formal answer and the numerical answer agree, you are definitely right, so long as you got the question you are answering right.

Topics

19.1 Plan

19.2 "Rules" for Integrating

19.3 Why Do these Rules Work?

19.4 Numerical Integration in Detail

19.5 Where do we go from here?