MTH 142 Practice Problems for Exam 2 - Spring 2000

Last changed: March 12

Sections 8.1--8.3, 9.1--9.5, pp. 481--487, and the Series Handout.

Note: the exam will have fewer questions!


  1. a) Obtain the first three nonzero terms of the Taylor series of $f(x) = e^{-x^2}$ about $a=0$.
    b) Use part (a) to calculate
    \begin{displaymath}\lim_{x \rightarrow 0} \frac{-1+e^{-x^2}}{x^2}\end{displaymath}
  2. a) Obtain $P_3(x)$ = the Taylor polynomial of order 3 of $\tan x$ about $a=\pi/4$

    b) Use the plots of $f(x)$ and $P_3(x)$ to obtain an approximate value of the maximum error $\vert f(x)-P_3(x)\vert$ for $0.7 \leq x \leq 1.2$.

  3. a) Calculate the radius of convergence of the series $\displaystyle \sum_{n=0}^\infty n 3^n (x - 2)^n$.

    b) Sketch in the number line an open interval of points $x$ for which the series converges.

  4. A solid $S$ is produced by revolving about the x-axis the region $R$ in the plane bounded by $y=1$, $y = 2x^2$, and $x=0$.

    a) Write down a Riemann sum that approximates the volume of the solid.

    b) Find the exact volume of the resulting solid.

  5. Answer questions (a) and (b) of the previous problem, only now the solid is produced by revolving $R$ about the $y$-axis.
  6. An oil slick has the shape of a circle with radius 7,000 feet. After measurements were taken, it has been determined that the density of the oil at "r" feet from the center of the circle is given by the formula


d(r) = \frac{0.004}{1+r^2} \quad \mbox{Kg/ft}^2


    a) Write down a Riemann sum that approximates the total mass of the oil.

    b) Use part (a) to express the mass of the oil as an integral.

  7. A 1 m. long rod has (linear) density $d(x) = 2.0 + 0.015 x \ \mbox{gr/m} $, where $x$ is the distance from one end.

    a) Obtain a Riemann sum that approximates the total mass of the rod.

    b) Calculate the total mass of the rod as an integral.

    c) Calculate the center of mass of the rod.

  8. A $20$ feet tall water tank has the shape of an inverted cone (i.e, the vertex is at the bottom) with circular top with radius 10 feet and height 20 feet. Water weighs $62.4 \ \mbox{lbs/ft}^3$.

    a)Write down a Riemann sum that approximates the work required to take the water out of the tank from the top.

    b) obtain the exact work in part (a) by calculating a suitable integral.

  9. A dam has the shape of a trapezoid, with horizontal parallel sides measuring 30 ft. (bottom) and 60 ft (top). The height of the dam is 30 ft., and one vertical side is perpendicular to both base and top. The dam has water up to the top on one side. (Water weighs 62.4 $lbs/ft^3$.)

    a) Write down a Riemann sum that approximates the total force excerted by the water on the dam.

    b) Obtain an integral that gives the total force of the water on the dam.

  10. A certain amount of fresh water shrimp is placed in a tank together with 2 lbs. of food, at 12:00 p.m. on January 1st. An additional 2 lbs. of food are added to the tank every 24 hours. After every 24 hours, $ 85 \% $ of the food either decomposes or is eaten.

    How much food is in the tank right before 12:00 p.m. on January 20 th? Give details, and explain how you arrived at your answer.

  11. If $P_2(x)$ is the order 2 Taylor polynomial approximating the function $f(x) = \frac{1}{2+x}$ near $x=0$, estimate the error in the approximation $P_2 (0.5) \approx f(0.5)$ by two methods:

    a) Using the plots of $P_2(x)$ and $f(x)$ directly.

    b) Using the inequality studied in class for error estimation when approximating a function by a Taylor polynomial.

  12. a) Plot the $2 \pi$ periodic function $f(x)$ given by $ f(x) = \vert x\vert,$ for $ - \pi < x \leq \pi$. For the plot, use the region $- 3 \pi \leq x \leq 3 \pi$, and $- 3 \pi \leq y \leq 3 \pi$.

    b) Calculate the Fourier polynomial of order 2 of $f(x)$.



    Determine if the series given below converges or diverges
    (Note: each one can be treated in more than one way!)

  13. $\displaystyle \sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{n^2}{1 + n^3}$
  14. $\displaystyle \sum_{n=1}^\infty 1 + \frac{1}{2^n}$
  15. $\displaystyle \sum_{n=3}^{\infty} \frac{(-2)^{n+1}}{{\pi}^n}$


  1. a) Take $y=-x^2$ in $e^y = 1 + \frac{1}{1\!} y +
\frac{1}{2\!} y^2 + \cdots$ to get
    \begin{displaymath}e^{-x^2} = 1 + \frac{1}{1\!} (-x^2) +
\frac{1}{2\!} (-x^2)^2 + \cdots =
1 - x^2 + \frac{1}{2} x^4 + \cdots

    This gives the answer in less time than actually calculating the coefficients one by one (which is ok too).

    b) Replace the function by the first few terms of the series to get \begin{displaymath}
\lim_{x\rightarrow 0} \frac{-1+(1 - x^2 + \frac{1}{2} x^4)}{...
...} =
\lim_{x\rightarrow 0} \frac{- 1 + \frac{1}{2} x^2}{1} =

  2. a) Direct calculation gives the polynomial
    \begin{displaymath}1 + 2 (x - \frac{\pi}{4}) +
2 (x - \frac{\pi}{4})^2 + \frac{8}{3} (x - \frac{\pi}{4})^3


  3. a) The radius of convergence is given by
    \begin{displaymath}r = \lim_{n \rightarrow \infty} \frac{\vert a_n \vert}{\vert ...
\lim_{n \rightarrow \infty} \frac{n}{(n+1) 3} =

    b) The interval $(2 - \frac{1}{3},2+\frac{1}{3})=(\frac{5}{3},\frac{7}{3})$

  4. a) By taking sections perpendicular to the axis of rotation, we get ``washers''. At the tickmark $x_j$ the washer has inner radius $r_j = 2 x^2_j$, outer radius $R_j =1$, and thickness $\Delta x$.

    The Riemann sum that approximates the volumen is
V \approx \sum_{j=0}^n (\pi R^2_j - \pi r^2_j ) \Delta x =
\sum_{j=0}^n (\pi 1^2 - \pi (2 x_j^2)^2 ) \Delta x

    The volume is obtained by taking limit as $\Delta x \rightarrow 0$. We have,
    \begin{displaymath}Vol(S) = \int_0^{\sqrt{2}/2} (\pi - \pi 4 x^4 ) dx
= \frac{2 \sqrt{2} \pi}{5} \approx 1.777153

  5. a) By taking sections perpendicular to the axis of rotation, we get ``disks''. At the tickmark $y_j$ the radius $r_j = x_j = \sqrt{y_j /2}$ and thickness $\Delta y$. The Riemann sum that approximates the volumen is
    \begin{displaymath}\sum_{j=0}^n \pi R^2_j \Delta y =
\sum_{j=0}^n \pi (\sqrt{y_j /2})^2\Delta y
=\sum_{j=0}^n \pi y_j /2 \Delta y

    b) The volume is obtained by taking limit as $\Delta y \rightarrow 0$. We have,
    \begin{displaymath}Vol(S) = \int_0^{1} \frac{\pi}{2} y dy = \frac{\pi}{4}


  6. a)
    \begin{displaymath}\sum_{j=0}^n \frac{0.004}{1+r^2_j} 2 \pi r \Delta r \end{displaymath}


    \begin{displaymath}\int_0^{7000} \frac{(0.004) 2 \pi r}{1+r^2} \Delta r \end{displaymath}

  7. a)
    \begin{displaymath}\sum_{j=0}^n (2 + 0.015 x) \Delta x \end{displaymath}


    \begin{displaymath}\int_0^1 (2 + 0.015 x) dx = 2.0075 \end{displaymath}


    \begin{displaymath}\overline{x} =
\frac{\int_0^1 x \, (2 + 0.015 x) dx }{
\int_0^1 (2 + 0.015 x) dx }
= \frac{1.0050}{2.0075} = 0.50062266

  8. A cross-section of the cone (shown in the figure) is bounded by the lines $y=\pm 2 x$ and $y=20$.

    Introduce tick marks in the $y$-axis. The slab $S_j$ at height $y_j$ is a disk with radius $R_j = x_j = y_j /2$ and thickness $\Delta y$, so its volume is $ \pi (y_j /2)^2 \Delta y$, and its weight is $62.4 \, \pi (y_j /2)^2 \Delta y$. The work involved in raising the slab a distance of $(20- y_j)$ to the top of the cone is
    \begin{displaymath}w_j = (20- y_j)\, 62.4 \, \pi (y_j /2)^2 \Delta y\end{displaymath}

    The total work is approximated by
W \approx \sum_{j=0}^n
(20- y_j) \, 62.4 \, \pi (y_j /2)^2 \Delta y

    The exact work is given by
\int_0^{20} (20- y)\, 62.4 \, \pi (y /2)^2 \Delta y
= 653451.2720

  9. a) A sketch of the dam is shown in the figure.

    Note that the equation of the right hand, non-horizontal side is $y = x - 30$. Introduce tick marks $y_0, y_1, \ldots, y_n$, in the y axis. At height $y_j$, the slab has area $(y_j +30) \Delta y$, and the pressure at this height is $62.4 (30-y_j )$. Therefore the force on the slab is
    \begin{displaymath}F_j = 62.4 (30-y_j ) (y_j +30) \Delta y\end{displaymath}

    The total force is approximated by
    \begin{displaymath}F \approx \sum_{j=0}^n 62.4 (y_j +30) (30 - y_j) \Delta y \end{displaymath}
    The exact value of the total force is obtained by taking the limit of the sum as $\Delta y \rightarrow 0$:
    \begin{displaymath}F = \int_0^{30} 62.4 (y_j +30) (30 - y_j) dy
= 1,123,200\end{displaymath}

  10. The following table is helpful: 
    day amount before 24hrs are up
    Jan 2 $ (0.15)\ 2$
    Jan 3 $(0.15)\ 2 + (0.15)^2\ 2$
    Jan 4 $(0.15)\ 2 + (0.15)^2 \ 2 + (0.15)^3 \ 2 $
    $\vdots$ $\vdots$
    Jan 20 $(0.15) \ 2 + (0.15)^2 \ 2 +\cdots + (0.15)^{19}\ 2$

    Then, the amount right before noon on January 20th is
    \begin{displaymath}(0.15) \ 2 + (0.15)^2 \ 2 +\cdots + (0.15)^{19}\ 2= \frac{ (0.15) 2 ( 1 - (0.15)^{20})}{1 - 0.15} \approx 0.352941176\end{displaymath}
  11. a) The Taylor polynomial of degree 2 of f(x) is 
    $P(x) = \frac{1}{2} - \frac{1}{4} x + \frac{1}{8} x^2$
    so the absolute value of the error in approximating f(0.5) by P(0.5) is
    \begin{displaymath}\vert \ f(0.5) - P(0.5)\ \vert = \vert \ 0.4 - 0.40625 \ \vert = 0.00625 \end{displaymath}

    b) The function 
    $\vert f^{(3)} (t)\vert = \vert-6/(t+2)^4 \vert$
    is decreasing on the interval (0,0.5), so it attains its maximum in that interval at t=0. The maximum is 
    $M = 6/2^4 = 3/8$
    The error bound when approximating f(0.5) by P(0.5) is
    \begin{displaymath}\vert f(0.5 - p(0.5) \vert \leq M \frac{(0.5)^3}{3\! } = \frac{1}{128} \approx 0.00781\end{displaymath}

  12. a)

    b) we have that
a_0 = & \frac{1}{2 \pi} \int_{-\pi}^\pi \...
...-\pi}^\pi \vert x \vert \sin (2 x ) dx & = 0 \\ \\
    For details, we calculate $a_1$ step by step below.
a_1 = & \frac{1}{ \pi} \int_{-\pi}^\pi \ve...\\ \\
= & \frac{1}{\pi} \left(\ 2 + 2 \ \right)
    Therefore, the Fourier polynomial we seek is $ F_2 (x ) = \frac{\pi}{2} - \frac{4}{\pi} \cos(x) $.

  13. Solution 1: Note that $\frac{n^2}{1+n^3}$ behaves like $\frac{1}{n}$ when $n$ is large, so we suspect that the series diverges. The following inequalities are clearly valid:

    \begin{displaymath}0 \leq \frac{n^2}{n^3 + n^3} \leq \frac{n^2}{1+n^3}, \quad n=1,2,\ldots \end{displaymath}
    The term in the center simplifies to $\frac{1}{2 n}$. Since $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{2n}$ diverges, so does $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{n^2}{1+n^3}$. This is our original series with only the first term changed, so our original series $\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{n^2}{1+n^3}$ also diverges.

    Solution 2: We use the integral test. Set $f(x) = \frac{x^2}{1+x^3}$ for $x>1$. Now $\int_1^\infty f(x) dx = \lim_{b\rightarrow \infty } \int_1^b
...rrow \infty } \frac{1}{3} \ln \vert {1+ b^3} \vert - \frac{1}{3} \ln 2 = \infty$ Therefore, the series diverges too.

  14. Solution 1: Note that $\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty} (1+\frac{1}{2^n} = 1
\not = 0$. Therefore the series diverges.
    Solution 2: Using comparison, we have
    \begin{displaymath}0 \leq 1 \leq 1+\frac{1}{2^n}, \quad n=0,1,\ldots\end{displaymath}

    Since $\sum_{n=0}^\infty 1$ is divergent, so is our original series.