Posted by Dee on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:52pm.
Verify the given linear approximation at
a = 0. Then determine the values of x for which the linear approximation is accurate to within 0.1. (Enter your answer using interval notation. Round your answers to three decimal places.)
(1 + 2x)^1/4 ≈ 1 + 1/2x

Cal 1  Steve, Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 2:40pm
using the binomial expansion,
(1+2x)^(1/4) = 1^(1/4) + (1/4)(1^(3/4))(2x)^1 + ...
= 1 + 1/2 x + ...
since ∆y/∆x ~= dy/dx, ∆x ~= ∆y/y'
y' = (1/4)(2)(1+2x)^(3/4) = 1/2 (1+2x)^(3/4)
y'(0) = 1/2
∆x = 0.1/(1/2) = 0.2
So, .2 <= x < 0.2
Check:
(1.4)^(1/4) = 0.880011
1+x/2 = 1.1 = 0.9
error = 0.02
(1+.4)^(1/4) = 1.0877
1+x/2 = 1+.4/2 = 1.2
error = 0.12
Hmmm. Looks like I was off a bit, on the + side, and way too strict on the  side.
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