Problems with Maple? Here are the commands I used.
Still having problems? Try the following maple worksheet and commands. They're different from the one above and may work better for you.
Now, look at f(x) = x^2. Find L0(x) the tangent line through (x0,f(x0)). Find L1(x) the tangent line through (x1,f(x1)). Find L2(x) the tangent line through (x2,f(x2)). Find L3(x) the tangent line through (x3,f(x3)). Plot f and L0 on the same plot. Plot f and L1 on the same plot. Plot f and L2 on the same plot. Plot f and L3 on the same plot.
Now, look at f(x) = x^3. Find L0(x) the tangent line through (x0,f(x0)). Find L1(x) the tangent line through (x1,f(x1)). Find L2(x) the tangent line through (x2,f(x2)). Find L3(x) the tangent line through (x3,f(x3)). Plot f and L0 on the same plot. Plot f and L1 on the same plot. Plot f and L2 on the same plot. Plot f and L3 on the same plot. Discuss the plots from f(x) = x^2 and f(x) = x^3 and make a guess as to what's going on.