Simpson's rule

noun Simp·son's rule \ˈsim(p)-sənz-\

Definition of SIMPSON'S RULE

:  a method for approximating the area under a curve over a given interval that involves partitioning the interval by an odd number n + 1 of equally spaced ordinates and adding the areas of the n/2 figures formed by pairs of successive odd-numbered ordinates and the parabolas which they determine with their included even-numbered ordinates


Thomas Simpson †1761 English mathematician
First Known Use: circa 1875


Next Word in the Dictionary: Simpson's stopperPrevious Word in the Dictionary: Simpson's honey–plantAll Words Near: Simpson's rule
July 28, 2015
pachyderm Hear it
an elephant
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears