Simpson's rule


Simp·​son's rule ˈsim(p)-sənz- How to pronounce Simpson's rule (audio)
: 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

Word History


Thomas Simpson †1761 English mathematician

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Simpson's rule was in 1851

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“Simpson's rule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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