Using the binomial theroem to estimate 6.07^2

ive got 6^2(1+0.01)^2
but im not sure if its right and i don't know where to go for here

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  1. You will have to know the special case of the general binomial expansion, namely

    (1 + x)^n = 1 + nx + n(n-1)/2!x^2 + n(n-1)(n-2)/3!x^3 + ..

    if โ”‚xโ”‚ < 1 , then the terms become rapidly smaller and less significant as you continue down the series

    so 6.07^2
    = 6^2(1 + .011667)^2
    = 36[1 + 2(.011667 + .011667^2) + 0 + 0 + ...]

    (notice if n=2, then one of the factors in n(n-1)(n-2).. becomes zero and all subsequent terms are zero)

    so now evaluate 36(1 + 2(.011667)
    to get 36.84

    This is a very silly question. The calculations needed for your estimation are more difficult than those needed to just multiply 6.07 x 6.07

    The binomial theorem was an important tool in finding roots and huge powers when we had no calculators, but to use it in such a question as the one you posted makes very little sense

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