Analysis of the Integrated Velocity Data

Your position measurements are probably in miles or tenths of miles, your velocity measurements are probably in miles/hour, and your time measurements are probably in seconds or minutes. In order to make any sense out of your numerical integration results, you will have to correct for the fact that the data is not all recorded in the same units.

Question 13

Question 14

Compare the results you obtained by numerical integration with the actual odometer readings. Without necessarily resorting to the careful methods of Question 11, write down the absolute error for each method. (The absolute error is the difference between your model's prediction and the true odometer reading.) Is the method that was most accurate the one you would expect to be most accurate in general? What about the least accurate method?

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A portion of this lab is based on a problem appearing in the Harvard Consortium Calculus book, Hughes-Hallet, et al, 1994, p. 174

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