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Question 01 (a) 

Determine whether this statement is true. If it is, explain why; if not, give a counterexample. A linear approximation L to a function ƒ satisfies L(x) = f(x) for exactly one value of x. 
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when the function and the linear approximation intersect. Can a linear approximation and a function intersect in more than one place? 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. The statement is false, so a linear approximation to a function may satisfy for more than one value of . To prove this, we need an example of such a function. In particular, we would like to find a function with a tangent line (the linear approxmiation) that intersects the function at another point. One example would be the function , with the linear approximation at the point, say, . Drawing that function and linear approximation looks like this: So we see that both at and at . So the original statement is false.
