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January 9th, 2019, 11:22 AM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Feb 2018 From: Iran Posts: 25 Thanks: 3  Linear approximation
Using linear approximation calculate sqrt(99)?

January 9th, 2019, 12:00 PM  #2 
Math Team Joined: May 2013 From: The Astral plane Posts: 1,980 Thanks: 789 Math Focus: Wibbly wobbly timeywimey stuff.  Let $\displaystyle y(x) = \sqrt{x}$. Expand this in a Taylor series (with x small compareed to a): $\displaystyle y(a  x) \approx y(a) + \left . \dfrac{dy}{dx} \right  _{x = a}\cdot (a  x)$ So let a = 100 and x = 1. Dan 
January 9th, 2019, 01:55 PM  #3 
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January 9th, 2019, 03:10 PM  #4 
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It is between 9 and 10 and approximation will change for different values of x and a $\displaystyle y(x)\approx y(a)+y’(a)(xa) $ 
January 9th, 2019, 05:50 PM  #5  
Math Team Joined: Dec 2013 From: Colombia Posts: 7,561 Thanks: 2562 Math Focus: Mainly analysis and algebra  Quote:
$\displaystyle y(a  x) \approx y(a)  \left . \dfrac{dy}{dx} \right  _{x = a}\cdot x$  
January 9th, 2019, 05:58 PM  #6 
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