Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH104/December 2012/Question 01 (k)
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Question 01 (k) 

The quadratic approximation of a demand function q(p) at p=10 is Calculuate where is the priceelasticity of demand. 
Make sure you understand the problem fully: What is the question asking you to do? Are there specific conditions or constraints that you should take note of? How will you know if your answer is correct from your work only? Can you rephrase the question in your own words in a way that makes sense to you? 
If you are stuck, check the hints below. Read the first one and consider it for a while. Does it give you a new idea on how to approach the problem? If so, try it! If after a while you are still stuck, go for the next hint. 
Hint 1 

Recall that the formula for the priceelasticity of demand is . 
Hint 2 

The problem requests that we fine which is given by
so we need to find the values and . How can we do this with the given information? 
Hint 3 

Recall that the quadratic approximation is just the second degree Taylor polynomial given by Compare this with the given to find the unknown values as given in the previous hint. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Using the hints, we have
where the values of are read from the given degree 2 Taylor polynomial expansion and similarly for . 