Hi guys, another problem. If anybody could guide me through the solution that would be great!
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Well, the best thing to do would be to work outOriginally Posted by c00ky
for several values of x between 0 and and see what happens when you compare that value to cos(x) when x is in radians.
What you will find is that this function only works well when x is "small." I don't know how well the approximation works for x near, say , but for x less than, say, 1 it's probably pretty decent.
For the record, as a Taylor series about x = 0 we may approximate cos(x) as
so this approximation should be valid.
Let me help.
you have expression:
expand to four terms:
now substitute 0,1,2 and 3 for "r"
now substitute a small value for x, then compare it to cos(x) and you will see they're similar
The Taylor Expansion for is given by,Originally Posted by c00ky
Note that, has radius of convergence of infinite. And,
Thus, you have that,
with, by the existence theorem there is a unique function satisfing this equation. Thus, whatever is the solution must have that expansion stated above. Using various methods we find that the solution is,
Now, if you expand it to 4 terms you have the approximation for cosine,
To find the accurary of the approximation note that, the remainder term is,
where is some number on the interval. If we take the interval the maximum error is,
Which is accurate to 2 decimal places.