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Sketch on three times, on three different sets of axes. .

  1. Review your work from problems 1-25 and 1-36. Use a similar process to approximate using:

    The height of each rectangle is . The bases can be determined by the function.
    The height of each trapezoid is . The bases can be determined by the function.

    1. Six left endpoint rectangles.

    2. Six right endpoint rectangles.

    3. Six trapezoids.

  2. Which approximations were over (greater than) estimates of the actual area? Which were under estimates? Explain.

    is an increasing and concave down function. Experiment with other increasing functions, and then experiment with other concave down functions. What do you notice about the under/over nature of left-endpoint, right-endpoint and trapezoidal approximations in these more general cases?

  3. Which approximation is more accurate? Explain.

Use the eTool below to view the graphs of the function.
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