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**4.5 Linearization & Newton’s Method**

What you’ll learn about Linear Approximation Newton’s Method Differentials Estimating Change with Differentials

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**Linear Approximation Any differentiable curve is “Locally Linear”**

if you zoom in enough times. Do Exploration 1: Appreciating Local Linearity (p 233) A fancy name for the equation of the tangent line at a is “ The linearization of f at a y – f(a) = f’(a)(x – a)

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**Definition - Linearization**

If f is differentiable at x = a, then the equation of the tangent line. L(x) = f(a) + f’(a) (x - a), defines the linearization of f at a. The approximation f(x) =L(x) is the standard linear approximation of f at a. The point x = a is the center of the approximation.

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**Just Math Tutoring You Tube**

What is Linearization? Just math tutoring Finding the Linearization at a point Followed by 25) Linear Approximation 10 minutes total time needed – Watch if you miss class this day!

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**Example 1 Finding a Linearization**

Find the linearization of at x = 0 (center of approximation) and use it to approximate without a calculator. Then use a calculator to determine the accuracy of the approximation. Point of tangency f ‘(0) = L(x) = Equation of the tangent line: Evaluate L(.02) Calculator approximation? Approximation error:

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**Practice: Find linearization L(x) of f(x) at x = a when and a = 2**

Practice: Find linearization L(x) of f(x) at x = a when and a = 2. How accurate is the approximation L(a + 0.1) ≈ f(a + 0.1) Point of tangency f(2) = f ’(2) Tangent Line equation: L(x) Evaluate |L(2.1) – f(2.1)| Approximation error:

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**Point of tangency f (π/2) f ’(π/2) Tangent Line equation: L(x)**

Example 2: Find the linearization of f(x) = cos x at x = π/2 and use it to approximate cos 1.75 without a calculator. Then use a calculator to determine the accuracy of the approximation. Point of tangency f (π/2) f ’(π/2) Tangent Line equation: L(x) Evaluate |L(1.75) – cos 1.75 by calculator | Approximation error:

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**Homework Page 242 Quick Review 1-10 Exercises 3, 5, 7**

Summary Every function is “locally linear” about a point x = a. If you evaluate the tangent line at x = a for points close to a, you will have a close approximation to the function’s actual value. Homework Page 242 Quick Review 1-10 Exercises 3, 5, 7

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Warm Up Find the linearization L(a) of f(a) at x = a for f(x) = ln(x+1), a = 0. How accurate is the approximation L(0.1) ≈ f(0.1)?

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Steps Using f(x), find the equation of a tangent line at some point (a, f(a)). Find f(a) by plugging a into f(x). Find the slope from f’(a). L(x) = f(a) + f’(a) (x - a). 2) Evaluate L(x) for any x near a to get a close approximation of f(x) for points near a.

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**Example 3: Approximating Binomial Powers using the general formula**

Use the formula to find polynomials that will approximate the following functions for values of x close to zero. b) c) d) How? Rewrite expression as (1 + x) k, Identify coefficients of x and k. Find L(x) = 1 + kx for each expression.

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**Example 4: Use linearizations to approximate roots. Find a) and b)**

Identify function: f(x) = Let a be the perfect square closest to Find L(x) at x = a. Use L(x) to estimate Error? You try b.

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**Just Math Tutoring – Newton’s Method (7:29 minutes)**

FYI – not tested Newton’s Method for approximating a zero of a function Approximate the zero of a function by finding the zeros of linearizations converging to an accurate approximation. Just Math Tutoring – Newton’s Method (7:29 minutes)

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**Differentials Let y = f(x) be a differentiable function.**

Since dy/dx = f ’(x), the “differential dy” is defined as dy = f ’(x) dx, (With dx as in independent variable and dy a dependent variable that depends on both x and dx.) Although Liebniz did most of his calculus using dy and dx as separable entities, he never quite settled the issue of what they were. To him, they were “infinitesimals” – nonzero numbers, but infinitesimally small. There was much debate about whether such things could exist in mathematics, but luckily for the early development of calculus it did not matter: thanks to the Chain Rule, dy/dx behaved like a quotient whether it was one or not.

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Example 6 Find the differential dy and evaluate dy for the given values of x and dx. How? Find f ’(x), multiply both sides by dx, evaluate for given values. a) y = x5 + 37x b) y = sin 3x c) x + y = xy x=1, dx = x=π, dx = x=2, dx = 0.05 You try:

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More Notation…

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**Example 7 Finding Differentials of functions**

Example 7 Finding Differentials of functions. Find dy/dx and multiply both sides by dx. d (tan (2x)) b) You try: d(e5x + x5)

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**Estimating Change with Differentials**

Suppose we know the value of a differentiable function f(x) at a point a and we want to predict how much this value will change if we move to a nearby point (a + dx). If dx is small, f and its linearization L at “a” will change by nearly the same amount. Since the values of L are simple to calculate, calculating the change in L offers a practical way to estimate the change in f.

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**Differential Estimate of Change**

Let f(x) be differentiable at x = a. The approximate change in the value of f when x changes from a to a + dx is df = f ’ (a) dx

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**Area formula for a circle: A = True change: f(10.1) – f(10) = **

Example 8 The radius r of a circle increases from a = 10 to 10.1 m. Use dA to estimate the increase in the circle’s area A. Compare this estimate with the true change ∆A, and find the approximation error. Area formula for a circle: A = True change: f(10.1) – f(10) = Estimated change: dA/dr = dA = Approximation error: |∆A – dA| = You try: f(x) = x3 - x, a = 1, dx = 0.1

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Summary Linearization: The equation of a tangent line to f at a point a will give a good approximation of the value of a function f at a. The Linearization of (1 + x)k = 1 + kx Newton’s Method is used to find the roots of a function by using successive tangent line approximations, moving closer and closer to the roots of f if you start with a reasonable value of a. Differentials: Differentials simply estimate the change in y as it relates to the change in x for given values of x. We learned how to estimate with linearizations, differentials are simply a more efficient method of finding change.

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Homework Page 242 Exercises 1, 4, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, 34-40

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