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  1. For the following functions and base points, determine the smallest order that is required so that the Taylor polynomial approximates the function to within a tolerance of over the given interval. Be sure to explain how you got your answers in your report. This means including any plots that you used to make your conclusion.
    1. , a=0, interval .
    2. , a=0, interval .
    3. , a=0, interval .
    4. , a=1, interval .

  2. Prove Theorem 2. Remember that an example is not a proof!

  3. For the third function in exercise 1, , consider the Taylor polynomial about a=0. Can you choose the order so that the Taylor polynomial is a good approximation (within , say) to at x=2 ? How about at ? Discuss the difference in the behavior of the Taylor polynomials at these two points. Can you divide the real line up into two parts, one where the approximation is good and one where it is bad?

Sean O Anderson
Tue Feb 6 14:48:55 EST 1996