A boat drives a steady course with a variable speed for 4 hours. The speed is registered at regular intervals in meters per second.
The registration shows $2.4, 4.4, 7.6, 8.4, 8.6, 7.9, 8.3, 8.7, 7.7, 6.5, 7.1, 6.7, 1.4$ (sorry, but I'm making a point out of this later).
Use Simpson's Rule to estimate how far the boat has traveled during the four hours, and its average speed.
Additional question; why can Simpson's Rule be used to estimate the boat's distance traveled?
There are 13 recordings, which is an odd number, so that should be fine.
Using the Composite Simpson's Rule (with coefficients 1,4,2,4,2...,2,4,1) , I get $$\frac19\left[ 2.4 + 4(4.4) + 2(7.6) + 4(8.4) + \ldots + 4(6.7) + 1.4 \right] \approx 28.09$$ (unless I've made some careless mistake).
Here $\frac19$ comes from $\frac h3$ (from formula) where $h = \frac13$.
Now, as I understand it, this number would - since we're estimating the area under the "curve" (i.e. using Simpson to estimate a definite integral given points) - be a number for the distance traveled.
But since the numbers are given in $\frac ms$, wouldn't this $28.09m$ be an oddly low number? What am I missing here?
Any help appreciated!