Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH101/April 2011/Question 06 (b)
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Question 06 (b) 

Use part (a) to determine an approximation of the following definite integral so that the error in the approximation satisfies Remember to justify your answer. 
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Hint 1 

With a convergent power series, you can integrate term by term. 
Hint 2 

For an alternating series, the error is less than or equal to the absolute value of the first neglected term. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. We saw from part (a) that we have the series expansion and so we can write that where the ^{st} term is Since this is an alternating sequence which converges to zero, we have that the error when neglecting everything past the ^{st} term. Thus if we want this to be less than , then we can choose , where the error will be less than which works fine since it is clearly even less than . 