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Question 06 (e) 

In this problem, you will approximate in two ways: one using linear approximation and the other using quadratic approximation. You may find it useful to draw the graph of for near 1 to help you answer some parts of this question. e) Compare the error bound for the linear approximation to you found in part (b) to the magnitude of the 2nd degree term of the quadratic approximation to . Which do you expect to be larger and why? 
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Hint 

What is the 2nd degree term of the quadratic approximation? How does it compare to the error defined in part (b)? What is the key difference? 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. We expect that the error term will be larger than or equal to the magnitude of the secondorder term in the quadratic approximation. The reason for this is because the two terms have a similar form, but in the error, the term replaces the term in the quadratic correction, where is the maximum value of on the interval . Indeed the error term was greater than the magnitude of the quadratic correction term in the quadratic approximation: (1/162 = 0.0061... > 0.005) 