Discussion about math, puzzles, games and fun. Useful symbols: ÷ × ½ √ ∞ ≠ ≤ ≥ ≈ ⇒ ± ∈ Δ θ ∴ ∑ ∫ π -¹ ² ³ °

You are not logged in.

- Topics: Active | Unanswered

**gourish****Member**- Registered: 2013-05-28
- Posts: 145

hmm... so what's the need for using the interpolation formula..i have enough data to plug into the cubic myself and find the answer... it's really to unnecessary formula don't you think so?

"The man was just too bored so he invented maths for fun"

-some wise guy

Offline

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
- Posts: 92,315

I do not like or use the Lagrange formula. In keeping with the teakettle principle I use simultaneous equations for interpolation. Mathematica uses it in its Interpolating polynomial command and I do not know why.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

Offline

**gourish****Member**- Registered: 2013-05-28
- Posts: 145

the formula needs a bit unnecessary thing if we can just the use cubic to plug in the given data and find the answer don't you think?

"The man was just too bored so he invented maths for fun"

-some wise guy

Offline

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
- Posts: 92,315

There are always more than one way to solve a problem. Lagrange lived in an era where the solution of simultaneous equations was very difficult.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

Offline