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Topic: [ap-calculus] e
Replies: 1   Last Post: Oct 23, 2012 5:28 PM

 John Hanna Posts: 106 Registered: 1/8/11
RE: [ap-calculus] e
Posted: Oct 23, 2012 5:28 PM

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When x is extremely large, rounding of the 1/x term makes it (1+0)^x

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So I had a pre calculus student ask me why the lim x->inf (1+1/x)^x is e. I
can prove it, but I've never noticed until he showed me this that in the
calculator, the graph of (1+1/x)^x actually goes to one when you plug
EXTREMELY large numbers into the table values. Does anyone know how to
explain this?

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