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Question 4 (b) 

Suppose that we know that the second Maclaurin polynomial for f(x) is T_{2}(x)=2 + 3 x^{2}. What is the second Maclaurin polynomial for the function e^{x} f(x)? 
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Hint 1 

The Maclaurin polynomial is just another name for the Taylor polynomial centered at 0. 
Hint 2 

The second order Maclaurin polynomial of a differentiable function f(x) is . 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. The Maclaurin polynomial is the same as the Taylor polynomial centered at 0. From inspection of T_{2}(x)=2 + 3 x^{2} we know that On the other hand, the second Maclaurin polynomial for g(x) = e^{x} f(x) has the form . Here, since e^{0}=1, we have: * g(0) = f(0)=2, * g'(x) = e^{x}f(x) + e^{x}f'(x), so that g'(0)= f(0) + f'(0)=2; * g"(x) = e^{x}f(x) + 2e^{x}f'(x) + e^{x}f"(x) . This results in g"(0) = f(0) + 2f'(0) + f"(0)=8. Putting everything together: . 