Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH104/December 2012/Question 06 (d)
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Question 06 (d) 

Consider the curve . Assume that the point (x,y) = (1,1) lies on the curve, and that nearby points on the curve satisfy y=f(x) for some function of f(x). Write down the quadratic approximation of f(x) at x=1. Sketch its graph in the x,y grid below. 
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Hint 

Quadratic approximations are given by second degree Taylor polynomials which are given by
Compute this, then graph. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Plugging in the values from part (a) and part (b) into the second degree Taylor polynomial (recalling the a value is 1) gives The graph is given below. 