# Thread: Proof of approximation for function

1. ## Proof of approximation for function

Hey MathsForum

If $x$ is small, show that $\sqrt{{\left\{\frac{1+x}{1-x}\right\}}} \approx 1 + x + \frac{x^2}{2}$

Can anyone help?

Thanks

Hey MathsForum

If $x$ is small, show that $\sqrt{{\left\{\frac{1+x}{1-x}\right\}}} \approx 1 + x + \frac{x^2}{2}$

Can anyone help?

Thanks
Method 1 - consider the truncated Taylor expansion of

$\sqrt{{\left\{\frac{1+x}{1-x}\right\}}}$

about $0$

Method 2 - Multiply together the first few terms (and the remainders) of the Taylor series of $\sqrt{1+x}$ and $1/\sqrt{1-x}$ and discard the terms of order $x^3$ and higher.

We have:

$(1+x)^{1/2}=1+(1/2)x+(1/2)(-1/2)x^2/2+O(x^3)$

and:

$(1-x)^{-1/2}=1+(-1/2)(-x)+(-1/2)(-3/2)(-x)^2/2+O(x^3)$

so:

$\sqrt{{\left\{\frac{1+x}{1-x}\right\}}}=1+x+(1/4)x^2-(1/8)x^2+(3/8)x^2+O(x^3)$ $\approx 1+x+x^2/2$

RonL

3. There is another thing you can do but it is similar to what CaptainBlank said. You can parabolize, remeber in Calculus I you did linearization, that is the best line. Here you do the best parabola, which turns out to be the same coefficients as in the Taylor series.