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Help with expansion of an expression

  1. Oct 17, 2012 #1

    I have a problem to understand how the author made the following expansion:


    where all the letters go for vectors and the symbol '*' is the dot product.
    I suppose it is a Taylor expansion, but i just don't get it in this case.

    Can someone give me the way?
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  3. Oct 17, 2012 #2


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    1/sqrt(1+x) ≈ 1/(1+x/2) ≈ 1-x/2
    Two taylor expansions up to the linear term.
  4. Oct 18, 2012 #3
    thank you!
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