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# Find the approximate value of f(5.001), where f(x) = x3 – 7x2 + 15.

Given f(x) = x3 – 7x2 + 15

Let x = 5 so that x + Δx = 5.001

5 + Δx = 5.001

Δx = 0.001

On differentiating f(x) with respect to x, we get   We know and derivative of a constant is 0.  When x = 5, we have   Recall that if y = f(x) and Δx is a small increment in x, then the corresponding increment in y, Δy = f(x + Δx) – f(x), is approximately given as Here, and Δx = 0.001

Δf = (5)(0.001)

Δf = 0.005

Now, we have f(5.001) = f(5) + Δf

f(5.001) = 53 – 7(5)2 + 15 + 0.005

f(5.001) = 125 – 175 + 15 + 0.005

f(5.001) = –35 + 0.005

f(5.001) = –34.995

Thus, f(5.001) = –34.995

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