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Topic: average temperature
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David E. Thomas

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Re: average temperature
Posted: May 10, 1995 12:23 PM
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To follow up on what Susan said, if f(t) is a function giving the
temperature at any time t, then the average temperature over a period
from a to b would be the integral of f(t) from a to b divided by the
difference b-a. It would be an interesting problem to take a set of
temperature readings e.g. every hour or every half-hour, use a numerical
method like the trapezoid rule or Simpson's rule and see how close that
value is to the offical method of taking the average of the high and the
low. Sounds like a good question or project for a calculus class.

Dr. David Thomas Centenary College of Louisiana
Department of Mathematics P. O. Box 41188 Shreveport, LA 71134-1188
voice 318 - 869 - 5035 fax 318 - 869 - 5026

On Tue, 9 May 1995, Tad Watanabe wrote:

> Well, I have received about 6 replies on this question. It seems like
> the "official" way of determining average temperature is simply to take
> the mean of high and low temp. of the day (or mid-range).
> Thanks for your replies.
> Tad Watanabe
> Towson State University
> Towson, Maryland

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