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taylor's series

Taylor's series is like the opposite of the Break-it-Down Principle. Instead of breaking a big problem into small pieces, it's like taking a small problem and building it up into a bigger one. In math, it's a way of approximating a complicated equation by adding a bunch of simpler equations one after the other. It's like making tiny adjustments to an equation to make it a closer approximation of the real thing. For example, if you want to know what 10 x 10 is, you can use Taylor's series to break it down into smaller pieces like this: 10 x (1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1). The more additions you make, the closer you'll get to the real answer of 100!