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Registered: 12/6/04
numerical algorithms
Posted: Feb 23, 1996 11:48 PM
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Why study Simpson's Rule, or how to approximate errors? If you have a
lot of different calculators, computers and computer programs that can estimate
pi, for example, try them. They may not agree in all the decimal places. How
do you know which one is correct? Actually we (my husband and I) did this
several years ago and were surprised by the descrepancies. Even if your
algorithms produce the same numbers to 20 decimal places, they still
may be wrong; after all, the harmonic series always converges on a computer
or calculator (the divergence is too slow for this finite machines).

Maxine Bridger

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