Search All of the Math Forum:
Views expressed in these public forums are not endorsed by
NCTM or The Math Forum.


Math Forum
»
Discussions
»
Courses
»
apcalculus
Notice: We are no longer accepting new posts, but the forums will continue to be readable.
Topic:
[apcalculus] e
Replies:
1
Last Post:
Oct 23, 2012 5:31 PM




RE: [apcalculus] e
Posted:
Oct 23, 2012 5:31 PM


NOTE: This apcalculus EDG will be closing in the next few weeks. Please sign up for the new AP Calculus Teacher Community Forum at https://apcommunity.collegeboard.org/gettingstarted and post messages there.  Calculators and computers are only able to carry a certain number of decimal places (I believe the TI calculators compute with 14 places and round to 12  something like that). Once past that number the calculator is rounding the (1 +1/x) to 1. Hence the expression looks to the calculator like 1^x. You can see this by calculating (1 + 1/x) for x = 10^12, then 10^13, etc.
It is a "fault" of the technology.
Lin
Lin McMullin Richardson, TX
My Blog for calculus teachers: teachingcalculus.wordpress.com
I am the moderator of the AP Calculus EDG. I am writing here simply as a member of the EDG. This post is not in any way an "official" announcement from the College Board. When the College Board asks me as the moderator, to share information with you, that email will be clearly marked as being??From the Moderator.??
> Original Message > From: erinslong@yahoo.com [mailto:erinslong@yahoo.com] >  > 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? > > Greatly appreciate your thoughts! >
 To search the list archives for previous posts go to http://lyris.collegeboard.com/read/?forum=apcalculus



