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# Tutor profile: Michael R.

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Michael R.
Mechanical Engineer at Jacobs Engineering Group
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## Questions

### Subject:Calculus

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What is the difference between a Taylor series and a Maclaurin series?

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Michael R.

While both series are methods of representing functions as a power series, a Taylor series is simply a Maclaurin series evaluated at x=0.

### Subject:Algebra

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How can the roots of a function be identified when the function is graphed?

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The roots of a function can be found by observing where a function crosses the x-axis (where the value of a function is zero).

### Subject:Physics

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Why is it impossible for friction to perform work?

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Michael R.

Work can only be done if some component of the force acting on an object is in the direction of the distance it has moved (work = force X distance, "X" is cross product. As friction always opposes the direction of motion, the work done by friction is never greater than zero.

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