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The Trapezium Rule

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The Trapezium Rule

When we can’t integrate...

So can divide this area up into 4 trapeziums of equal width

Area = ½ (a + b) h

a and b are the parallel sides

h is the width

The height of each trapezium can be found by substituting the x value into the function to get y

y2

y3

y4

y1

y0

y2

y0

y1

y3

y4

h

h

h

h

½ (y0 + y1)h

+ ½ (y1 + y2)h

+ ½ (y2 + y3)h

+ ½ (y3 + y4)h

½ (y0 + y1)h

= ½ h [(y0 + y1) + (y1 + y2) + (y2 + y3) + (y3 + y4)]

= ½ h [y0 + y1 + y1 + y2 + y2 + y3 + y3 + y4]

= ½ h [y0 + 2(y1 + y2 + y3 ) + y4]

+ ½ (y1 + y2)h

+ ½ (y2 + y3)h

+ ½ (y3 + y4)h

= ½ h [y0 + 2(y1 + y2 + y3 ) + y4]

In general, for any area divided up into n trapezia of equal width

= ½ h [y0 + 2(y1 + y2 + ... + yn-1 ) + yn]