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