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Looks correct... except for a small calculation mistake.Use a linear approximation to find a good approximation to \(\displaystyle \sqrt{100.4}\)

\(\displaystyle x = 100.4\)

\(\displaystyle x1 = 100\)

\(\displaystyle y1 = 10\)

\(\displaystyle y - 10 = \frac{1}{20}(100.4 - 100) \)

\(\displaystyle y = 10.20 \)

Did you check what $10.20^2$ is?

That should immediately reveal the mistake.

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its 104.04 but I don't understand where I went wrong. Why can't I say 1/20 = .05 and then say .05 * .4 = .20, then finally 10 + .20 = 10.20 ?Looks correct... except for a small calculation mistake.

Did you check what $10.20^2$ is?

That should immediately reveal the mistake.

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As you can see your fraction is off by a factor of 10.its 104.04 but I don't understand where I went wrong. Why can't I say 1/20 = .05 and then say .05 * .4 = .20, then finally 10 + .20 = 10.20 ?

Indeed .05 * .4 ≠ .20.

Instead .05 * .4 = .020.

The trick is to count the number of digits after the decimal point.

.05 has 2 digits, .4 has 1 digit, therefore their product (5 x 4 = 20) must have 2+1=3 digits after the decimal point (0.020).

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Let's see:10.02 is the correct answer then correct?

$$10.02^2 = (10 + 0.02)^2 = 10^2 + 2 \cdot 10 \cdot 0.02 + 0.02^2 = 100 + 0.4 + 0.0004 = 100.4004$$

Yep. I'd say that's the correct answer.