Symbolic Polynomial Interpolation Using Mathematica

  • Ali Yazici
  • Irfan Altas
  • Tanil Ergenc
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3039)


This paper discusses teaching polynomial interpolation with the help of Mathematica. The symbolic power of Mathematica is utilized to prove a theorem for the error term in Lagrange interpolating formula. Derivation of the Lagrange formula is provided symbolically and numerically. Runge phenomenon is also illustrated. A simple and efficient symbolic derivation of cubic splines is also provided.


Polynomial Interpolation Interpolation Point Lagrange Interpolation Hermite Interpolation Symbolic Power 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ali Yazici
    • 1
  • Irfan Altas
    • 2
  • Tanil Ergenc
    • 3
  1. 1.Computer Engineering DepartmentAtilim UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.School of Information StudiesWagga WaggaAustralia
  3. 3.Mathematics DepartmentMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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