2011 A-level H2 Mathematics (9740) Paper 1 Question 4 Suggested Solutions

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(i)
cos ^6 x

= (cos x)^6

\approx (1 -\frac{x^2}{2} + \frac{x^4}{24})^6

= 1 + {6 \choose 1}(1)(-\frac{x^2}{2} + \frac{x^4}{24}) + {6 \choose 2}(1)(-\frac{x^2}{2} + \frac{x^4}{24})^2 + \ldots

= 1 + 6(-\frac{x^2}{2} + \frac{x^4}{24}) + 15(-\frac{x^2}{2} + \frac{x^4}{24})^2 + \ldots

\approx 1 - 3x^2 + 4x^4

(ii)
(a)

\int_0^a g(x) dx

= \int_0^a 1 - 3x^2 + 4x^4 dx

= x - x^3 + \frac{4x^5}{5} \biggl|_0^a

= a - a^3 + \frac{4a^5}{5}

When a = \frac{\pi}{4}, ~ \int_0^a g(x) dx \approx 0.540

(b)
Using the Graphing Calculator, \int_0^{\frac{\pi}{4}} g(x) dx = 0.475

The approximation is not very good since \frac{\pi}{4} is not very close to zero.
We only considered up to x^4, thus the approximation can be improved by taking into consideration more terms.

KS Comments:

Just don’t be careless for (i)! Some students still can be unsure of how to evaluate a definite integral using Graphing Calculator. Lastly, maclaurin’s series expansion are most accurate when value is close to one since they are centred at x = 0.

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