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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)?
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 Originally Posted by Elize Using linear approximation calculate sqrt(99)?
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.

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January 9th, 2019, 01:55 PM   #3
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 Originally Posted by Elize Using linear approximation calculate sqrt(99)?
I'm lazy: slightly less than 10

 January 9th, 2019, 03:10 PM #4 Senior Member   Joined: Dec 2015 From: Earth Posts: 327 Thanks: 42 It is between 9 and 10 and approximation will change for different values of x and a $\displaystyle y(x)\approx y(a)+y’(a)(x-a)$
January 9th, 2019, 05:50 PM   #5
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 Originally Posted by topsquark 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
Shouldn't that be
$\displaystyle y(a - x) \approx y(a) - \left . \dfrac{dy}{dx} \right | _{x = a}\cdot x$

January 9th, 2019, 05:58 PM   #6
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 Originally Posted by v8archie Shouldn't that be $\displaystyle y(a - x) \approx y(a) - \left . \dfrac{dy}{dx} \right | _{x = a}\cdot x$

Thanks for the catch.

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