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Question 08 (a) 

(a) Use an appropriate linear approximation to estimate . Simplify your answer. 
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Hint 

Try using a linear approximation. You should set and center your approximation around . 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. We want to approximate the value
To this end, we define the function . We will use a linear approximation:
We want to use and . It is necessary to compute . The derivative of is
so
so
and therefore
and we get the approximation
This is believable because we expect to get something just a little less than , since we are dividing by a number that is just a little more than 4. Answer: 