Length of curve


This is a solution to the problem I gave to the class in a recent test.

A robot follows a path generated by a quadratic interpolant from x=2 to x=4.  The interpolant passes through three consecutive data points (2,4), (3,9) and (4,16) and is given by y=x2.  Find the best estimate of the length of the interpolant path from x=2 to x=4. 

The solution is given as an audio pdf (also called pencast – need Adobe X reader or higher). Three methods are shown. I expected one to use Method 2 or Method 3.
http://www.eng.usf.edu/~kaw/class/EML3041/livescribe/length_of_curve.pdf

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Autar Kaw

Autar Kaw (http://autarkaw.com) is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida. He has been at USF since 1987, the same year in which he received his Ph. D. in Engineering Mechanics from Clemson University. He is a recipient of the 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year Award. With major funding from NSF, he is the principal and managing contributor in developing the multiple award-winning online open courseware for an undergraduate course in Numerical Methods. The OpenCourseWare (nm.MathForCollege.com) annually receives 1,000,000+ page views, 1,000,000+ views of the YouTube audiovisual lectures, and 150,000+ page views at the NumericalMethodsGuy blog. His current research interests include engineering education research methods, adaptive learning, open courseware, massive open online courses, flipped classrooms, and learning strategies. He has written four textbooks and 80 refereed technical papers, and his opinion editorials have appeared in the St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune.

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