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Rectangle and Trapezoid Approximations to Definite Integrals

Updated on 10/17/2022

Activity Overview

Use visual representation of area estimation methods in order to determine which is most accurate.

About the Lesson

This lesson involves providing students with a visual representation of area estimation methods in order to determine which is most accurate.

As a result, students will be able to:

  • relate the left endpoint rectangle, right endpoint rectangle, and trapezoidal estimates of the area under the curve
  • use a dynamic comparison of the midpoint rectangle and trapezoidal estimates of area under a curve, relating these to the concavity of the curve.