This blog entry provides a helpful follow-up for a couple of calculus-related topics that we covered during today’s Mathematics Tutorial.

- See page 12 of the above-referenced lecture note. There, the equation for a parabola () appears, and the claim that is corroborated by solving the following expression:

In the 11-minute Khan Academy video at https://youtu.be/HEH_oKNLgUU, Sal Kahn takes on the solution of this problem in a very succinct and easy-to-comprehend fashion. - In his video lesson entitled “Visualizing Taylor polynomial approximations”, Sal Kahn replicates the tail end of today’s Finance 4366 class meeting in which we approximated
*y =**e*^{x}with a Taylor polynomial centered at*x*=0 (as also shown in pp. 18-23 of the Mathematics Tutorial lecture note). Sal approximates*y =**e*^{x}with a Taylor polynomial centered at*x*=3 instead of*x*=0, but the same insight obtains in both cases, which is that the accuracy of Taylor polynomial approximations increases as the order of the polynomial increases.