# Numerical Integration

Numerical integration refers to all the procedures, algorithms and techniques in the numerical analysis to obtain an approximate solution to a definite integral.

That is, how to obtain a numerical value of:

$\int_{\lambda_a}^{\lambda_b}\! f(\lambda)\, d\lambda.$

where $\lambda \,$ can be a 1D, 2D or 3D domain.

For our interest in the Finite Element Method, the purpose is to describe how the element matrices can be integrated numerically.

## Gauss-Legendre Numerical Integration

To fix the most basic concepts on Numerical Integration, we will focus our description on a one dimensional integration using the Gauss-Legendre quadrature, that is, to solve:

$I=int_{-1}^{+1} f(\chi) d\chi$

## References

1. Carlos A. Felippa, "A compendium of FEM integration formulas for symbolic work", Engineering Computations, Vol. 21 No. 8, 2004, pp. 867-890, (c) Emerald Group Publishing Limited [1]
2. Numerical Integration