Hey guys,
Can anyone help me with this problem please:
What is the best approximation of 1.5^{1/2}*266^{3/2}?
I've tried using a Taylor approximation on f(x)=x*266^x, with f(1)=266, but don't get the right answer 5,300. Does anyone have any ideas?
Thanks!
GRE 0568 question 11

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Here's how I did it:
266^(3/2) = sqrt(266)sqrt(266)sqrt(266) = 16 * 16 * 16 = 4096 = 4100, since 16^2 = 256, which is definitely close enough in this case considering the range of answer choices.
To find sqrt(1.5) = sqrt(3)/sqrt(2) = 1.7/1.4 (rough approx). Thus, the final answer will be significantly higher than 4100, so 5300 makes the most sense.
Note that since the answers are each like 1000 units apart, you have HUGE leeway in approximating.
266^(3/2) = sqrt(266)sqrt(266)sqrt(266) = 16 * 16 * 16 = 4096 = 4100, since 16^2 = 256, which is definitely close enough in this case considering the range of answer choices.
To find sqrt(1.5) = sqrt(3)/sqrt(2) = 1.7/1.4 (rough approx). Thus, the final answer will be significantly higher than 4100, so 5300 makes the most sense.
Note that since the answers are each like 1000 units apart, you have HUGE leeway in approximating.