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Topic: average temperature
Replies: 7   Last Post: May 23, 1995 12:56 PM

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 roitman@oberon.math.ukans.edu Posts: 243 Registered: 12/6/04
Re: average temperature
Posted: May 10, 1995 2:19 PM

> 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
>thomas@beta.centenary.edu Shreveport, LA 71134-1188
>voice 318 - 869 - 5035 fax 318 - 869 - 5026
>

Wait a minute. This seems misleading. How can anyone find f(t) except by
taking frequent temperature readings and then approximating?

Cheers.

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Judy Roitman, Mathematics Department
Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66049
roitman@math.ukans.edu
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