Question 09 (a)
Use an appropriate line approximation to estimate e0.1.
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The linear approximation method requires choosing a value that is easy to calculate (usually denoted by the variable a), near the value being approximated. What would be a good choice for this question?
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The linear approximation formula is
For some value a that is near the value to be approximated. In our case, and a sensible choice for a would be 0 as it is easy to calculate and . Plugging this into our formula for L(x) we have:
To approximate , we simply plug in to get