Use 2nd order Newton`s Interpolating polynomial to estimate f(3.5).x       1      3        5 y     50    138    179

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Using Newton's Interpolating Formula we construct the following table:

x0=1...y[x0]=50

x1=3...y[x1]=138...y[x0,x1] = 44

x2=5...y[x2]=179...y[x1,x2] = 20.5...y[x0,x1,x2]=-5.875

P2(x) = y[x0]+ y[x0,x1]*x + y[x0,x1,x2]*x(x-2)

P2(x) =50 + 44x - 5.875*x*(x-2)

for x = 3.5, P2(x) = 50 + 44*3.5 - 5.875*3.5*1.5 = 173.156

Therefore for x = 3.5, y is approximately equal to 173.156.

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