Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH100/December 2013/Question 10 (a)
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Question 10 (a) 

FullSolution Problem. Justify your answer and show your work. Full simplification of numerical answers is required unless explicitly stated otherwise. Find the first Maclaurin polynomial for . 
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Hint 1 

A Maclaurin polynomial is a Taylor polynomial centred at (i.e, ). 
Hint 2 

At the point where the approximation is made, the first degree Taylor/Maclaurin polynomial has the same first derivative as the function which it approximates (i.e., ). 
Hint 3 

Recall that the equation of a first degree Taylor polynomial centred at is given by and that for a Maclaurin polynomial, 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. The equation of the first degree Maclaurin polynomial for f is . For we have . To find , we differentiate using the chain rule:
