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The N-Point Definite Integral Approximation Formula (N-POINT DIAF)
Applied and Computational Mathematics
Volume 6, Issue 1, February 2017, Pages: 1-33
Received: Nov. 20, 2016; Accepted: Dec. 26, 2016; Published: Feb. 21, 2017
Authors
Francis Oketch Ochieng’, Mathematics and Informatics Department, Taita Taveta University, Voi, Kenya
Nicholas Muthama Mutua, Mathematics and Informatics Department, Taita Taveta University, Voi, Kenya
Nicholas Mwilu Mutothya, Mathematics and Informatics Department, Taita Taveta University, Voi, Kenya
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Abstract
Various authors have discovered formulae for numerical integration approximation. However these formulae always result to some amount of error which may differ in size depending on the formula. It’s therefore important that a formula with highest precision has been discovered and should be implemented for use in numerical integration approximations problems, especially for the definite integrals which cannot be evaluated by applying the analytical techniques. The present paper therefore explores the derivation of the N-point Definite Integral Approximation Formula (N-point DIAF) which amounts to the discovery of the 2-Point DIAF. This formula will assist in almost accurate evaluation of all definite integrals numerically. The proof of the formula is given, a specific test problem is then solved using the discovered 2-Point DIAF to obtain the solution numerically, which has the highest precision compared to other numerical methods of integration. Further the error terms are obtained and compared with the existing methods. Finally, the effectiveness of the proposed formula is illustrated by means of a numerical example.
Keywords
Numerical Integration, Approximation, Definite Integrals, Error, Analytical Techniques, Stability
Francis Oketch Ochieng’, Nicholas Muthama Mutua, Nicholas Mwilu Mutothya, The N-Point Definite Integral Approximation Formula (N-POINT DIAF), Applied and Computational Mathematics. Vol. 6, No. 1, 2017, pp. 1-33. doi: 10.11648/j.acm.20170601.11
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