**Maclaurin series** is a special case of Taylor series that is *centered at a=0*. The expansion of the function about 0 follows the formula:

`f(x)=sum_(n=0)^oo (f^n(0))/(n!) x^n`

or

`f(x)= f(0)+(f'(0)x)/(1!)+(f^2(0))/(2!)x^2+(f^3(0))/(3!)x^3+(f^4(0))/(4!)x^4 +...`

To determine the Maclaurin polynomial of degree `n=4` for the given function `f(x)=e^(-x/2)` , we may apply the formula for Maclaurin series..

To list `f^n(x)` , we may apply derivative formula for exponential function: `d/(dx) e^u = e^u * (du)/(dx)` .

Let `u =-x/2` then `(du)/(dx)= -1/2`

Applying the values on the derivative formula for exponential function, we get:

`d/(dx) e^(-x/2) = e^(-x/2) *(-1/2)`

` = -e^(-x/2)/2 or -1/2e^(-x/2)`

Applying `d/(dx) e^(-x/2)= -e^(-x/2)/2` for each `f^n(x)` , we get:

`f'(x) = d/(dx) e^(-x/2)`

`=-1/2e^(-x/2)`

`f^2(x) = d/(dx) (-1/2e^(-x/2))`

`=-1/2 *d/(dx) e^(-x/2)`

`=-1/2 *(-1/2e^(-x/2))`

`=1/4e^(-x/2)`

`f^3(x) = d/(dx) (1/4e^(-x/2))`

`=1/4 *d/(dx) e^(-x/2)`

`=1/4 *(-1/2e^(-x/2))`

`=-1/8e^(-x/2)`

`f^4(x) = d/(dx) (-1/8e^(-x/2))`

`=-1/8 *d/(dx) e^(-x/2)`

`=-1/8 *(-1/2e^(-x/2))`

`=1/16e^(-x/2)`

Plug-in `x=0` on each `f^n(x)` , we get:

`f(0)=e^(-0/2) = 1`

`f'(0)=-1/2e^(-0/2) = -1/2`

`f^2(0)=1/4e^(-0/2)=1/4`

`f^3(0)=-1/8e^(-0/2)=-1/8`

`f^4(0)=1/16e^(-0/2)=1/16`

Note: ` e ^(-0/2) = e^0 =1` .

Plug-in the values on the formula for Maclaurin series, we get:

`f(x)=sum_(n=0)^4 (f^n(0))/(n!) x^n`

`= 1+(-1/2)/(1!)x+(1/4)/(2!)x^2+(-1/8)/(3!)x^3+(1/16)/(4!)x^4`

`=1-1/2x+1/8x^2-1/48x^3+1/384x^4`

The **Maclaurin polynomial of degree n=4** for the given function `f(x)=e^(-x/2)` will be:

`P_4(x)=1-1/2x+1/8x^2-1/48x^3+1/384x^4`