Search All of the Math Forum:
Views expressed in these public forums are not endorsed by
NCTM or The Math Forum.



Re: average temperature
Posted:
May 10, 1995 2:19 PM


>Tad > 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 ba. It would be an interesting problem to take a set of >temperature readings e.g. every hour or every halfhour, 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 711341188 >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.
==================================== Judy Roitman, Mathematics Department Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66049 roitman@math.ukans.edu =====================================



