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Question 02 (a) 

Use a suitable linear approximation to estimate . 
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A linear approximation can also be thought of as the equation of a tangent line. For which xvalue should you find your linear approximation/tangent line? 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. In order to estimate we need to find a linear approximation of at some point a. Because I know that and 1 is close to 1.1, x = 1 would be a good choice for a. The linear approximation of at a is the same as finding the equation of the tangent line to at a. Our function is and we chose a = 1. We find the slope of the tangent line/linear approximation by taking the derivative and then calculating . The tangent line/linear approximation runs though the point or (1,0). Using our slope of 1 and the point (1,0), we find the equation of the tangent line/linear approximation to be L(x) = x  1. To complete the approximation of , we plug 1.1 into L(x) to get: So . 