Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH104/December 2011/Question 01 (n)
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Question 01 (n) 

Find an approximation to by using the linear approximation to at . Give your answer as a fraction, , in lowest terms. 
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Hint 1 

What is the definition of the linear approximation to a function at the point ? 
Hint 2 

The linear approximation, , to a function, , at the point , is given by 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. The linear approximation, , to a function, , at the point , is given by From the information given we can write the linear approximation to the function at as follows: Thus, the linear approximation gives us the approximate value for : (This answer is already expressed in lowest terms.) 