Linear approximation

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Have I solved this linear approximation question correctly?
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yes, $f(2.8) \approx -2.8$

now, how to determine if that value is an over or under estimate?
 
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yes, $f(2.8) \approx -2.8$

now, how to determine if that value is an over or under estimate?
To answer the second half do I have to use the formula f'(x)=sqrt(x^2+7) which would mean -2.8 would be approximately equal to 3.852 which is the same as 2.8.
 
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To answer the second half do I have to use the formula f'(x)=sqrt(x^2+7) which would mean -2.8 would be approximately equal to 3.852 which is the same as 2.8.

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The linear approximation is a line tangent to $f(x)$ at the point $(3,-2)$.

What does the sign of $f''(3)$ tell you about the behavior of $f(x)$ at $x=3$ ?
 

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