Calculate the area between $𝑓(𝑥)=𝑥^2$ and the x axis over the interval [3,12] using a limit of right-endpoint Riemann sums:
Find the value of the right-endpoint Riemann sum in terms of n:
$$\sum_{k=1}^n f(x_k)\Delta x=$$
I got $81+\frac{243(n-1)}{n}+\frac {729(n-1)(2n-1)}{(6n^2)}$ but it comes up as wrong.

  • $\begingroup$ I got the same as you except for $+$ where you had $-$ $\endgroup$ Jan 24, 2020 at 0:39

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Let $x_k=3+\dfrac{9k}n$ and $\Delta x=\dfrac9n$, so

$$\sum_{k=1}^n f(x_k)\Delta x=\sum_{k=1}^n \left(3+\dfrac{9k}n\right)^2\dfrac9n=\sum_{k=1}^n \left(9+\dfrac{54k}n+\dfrac{81k^2}{n^2}\right)\dfrac9n$$


which approaches $(9+27+27)9=567$ as $n$ approaches $\infty$.

Your answer also approaches $567$ as $n\to\infty,$ but you had $-$ where I have $+$.


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