Riemann Sums Java Applet

You can use this Java applet to explore the concept of numerical integration. We met this concept before in Trapezoidal Rule and Simpson Rule.

Before integration was developed, the only way to find the area under a curve was to draw rectangles with increasingly smaller widths to get a good approximation.

Remember, we are using the area under a graph to represent some physical quantity.

For example, integration can help us to find a velocity from an acceleration, or to solve problems in electronics.

Things to Do

In this applet, you start with a predefined function that has been drawn for you. You can:

Applet by David Eck and team from the Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Sorry about the slow load time for this applet - it is pretty big...

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