# Homework Help: Calculating errors in Functions of two variables Taylor Series

1. May 31, 2010

### thomas49th

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
From the taylor series we can replace $$x =x_{0} + h$$
but how does
$$\delta f = f(x_{0} + h, y_{0} + k) - f(x_{0},y_{0})$$
become
$$\delta f = hf(x_{0}, y_{0}) + kf(x_{0}, y_{0})$$
I can see the first step, but how do you get it to the second?

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

2. May 31, 2010

### Staff: Mentor

$$\Delta f(x, y) = f(x_{0} + h, y_{0} + k) - f(x_{0},y_{0})$$
$$\approx f(x_{0}, y_{0}) + f_x(x_0, y_0)\Delta x + f_y(x_0, y_0)\Delta y - f(x_{0},y_{0})$$

In the Taylor expansion above, terms of order 2 and higher are omitted.