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Question 05 (b)
In this problem, you are asked to find a value for the integral
in two different ways.
(b) Use the Taylor series for the function to write down a Taylor Series approximation for and find an approximation to the integral using the first 3 terms of that series.
(Leave your answer in terms of the three fractions, i.e. you need not compute a simplified fraction nor a decimal approximation. Some factorial values that may be useful: , , , , , .
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The Taylor series expansion of cosine is
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Via the hint we have that
multiplying by x gives
and then integrating gives
Taking into account the end points, we have
and simplifying and using only the first three terms, we have
completing the question
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