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Re: NIntegrate

  • Subject: [mg2987] Re: NIntegrate
  • From: moore.550 at (Todd Moore)
  • Date: 19 Jan 1996 10:58:58 -0600
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In article <4dkst6$gr0 at> Drib <Ian.Barringer at> writes:
>From: Drib <Ian.Barringer at>
To: mathgroup at
>Newsgroups: comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica
>Subject: NIntegrate
>Date: 18 Jan 1996 07:29:42 GMT
>Organization: Steven M. Christensen and Associates, Inc. and MathSolutions, Inc.
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>Approved: Steven M. Christensen <steve at>, Moderator
>Message-ID: <4dkst6$gr0 at>

>        Could someone offer an indepth explaination about how
>NIntegrate achieves its results. I am currently using it to obtain
>some numerics for a comparison with results I have obtained analytically
>in my research. I feel I should know how they are obtained before
>relying on them.

>All donations gratefully received
>                        Ian.

>Ian.Barringer at

 as I recall, NIntegrate approximates an integral in exactly the same way that 
a person would, through trapezoidal approximation.

 so for the function f[x] it selects  points on f[x] and finds the area of all 
the trapizoids formed by connecting these points to eachother and the x axis 
over the specified range of x {x,a,b}.

Mathmatica continues to refine these trapezoids by making them thinner, and 
there by getting a more accurate approximation. It continues to refine the 
approximations untill it reaches the prescribed accuracy.

Hope this helps,
Todd Moore

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