So how many terms should I use in getting a certain pre-determined accuracy in a Taylor series. One way is to use the formula for the Taylor’s theorem remainder and its bounds to calculate the number of terms. This is shown in the example below.

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I feel this article is very good……. It’s not only interesting; it helps us readers to ponder on the subject. I m very impressed with your work, and I look forward for more of it…. Congratulations on your good work….

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Where does the magic ‘h’ variable come from?

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The magic h is part of the Taylor series. See http://numericalmethods.eng.usf.edu/mws/gen/01aae/mws_gen_aae_spe_taylorseries.pdf for details.

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May I take in you example h as 100 or 1000?

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