Date: Oct 23, 2012 5:28 PM
Author: John Hanna
Subject: RE: [ap-calculus] e

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

John Hanna
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Subject: [ap-calculus] e

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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?

Greatly appreciate your thoughts!

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