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Surprising identities / equations

What are some surprising equations / identities that you have seen, which you would not have expected? This could be complex numbers, trigonometric identities, combinatorial results, algebraic ...
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Calculate limit with summation index in formula [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Compute the limit: $\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty} e^{-n} \sum\limits_{k=0}^{n} \frac{n^k}{k!}$ I want to calculate the following: $$ \lim_{n \rightarrow \infty} \left( ...
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Large $n$ asymptotic of $\int_0^\infty \left( 1 + x/n\right)^{n-1} \exp(-x) \, \mathrm{d} x$

While thinking of 71432, I encountered the following integral: $$ \mathcal{I}_n = \int_0^\infty \left( 1 + \frac{x}{n}\right)^{n-1} \mathrm{e}^{-x} \, \mathrm{d} x $$ Eric's answer to the linked ...
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Partial sums of exponential series

What is known about $f(k)=\sum_{n=0}^{k-1} \frac{k^n}{n!}$ for large $k$? Obviously it is is a partial sum of the series for $e^k$ -- but this partial sum doesn't reach close to $e^k$ itself because ...
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Weird limit $\lim \limits_{n\mathop\to\infty}\frac{1}{e^n}\sum \limits_{k\mathop=0}^n\frac{n^k}{k!} $ [duplicate]

$$\lim \limits_{n\mathop\to\infty}\frac{1}{e^n}\sum \limits_{k\mathop=0}^n\frac{n^k}{k!} $$ I thought this limit was obviously $1$ at first but approximations on Mathematica tells me it's $1/2$. Why ...
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1answer
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Probability and Laplace/Fourier transforms to solve limits/integrals from calculus.

I've seen in some answers in Brilliant.org to some very complicated limits and integrals that uses probabilistic arguments (Let $X$ be a random variable from $[0,1]$... some examples are in those ...
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Compute the limit $\lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{1}{\log n}\sum_{k=1}^n\left(1-\frac{1}{n}\right)^k\frac{1}{k}$

Similar to this problem, how can one compute the following limit: $$\lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{1}{\log n}\sum_{k=1}^n\left(1-\frac{1}{n}\right)^k\frac{1}{k}\quad ?$$ Note that $$\log x = ...
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How can I compute this limit? [duplicate]

I have to compute $$ \lim_{n\to\infty} \exp(-n)\left(1+n+\frac{n^2}{2}+\ldots+\frac{n^n}{n!} \right)$$ I think the value is 1, but i don't know how to proof this. Do I have to estimate the remainder ...
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Limit using Poisson distribution [duplicate]

Show using the Poisson distribution that $$\lim_{n \to +\infty} e^{-n} \sum_{k=1}^{n}\frac{n^k}{k!} = \frac {1}{2}$$
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High school contest question

Some work on it reveals the possibility of using gamma function. Is there any easy way to compute it? $$\lim_{n\to\infty}\left(\frac{1}{n!} \int_0^e \log^n x \ dx\right)^n$$
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Finding $\lim_{n\to\infty} e^{-n}\sum_{k=0}^n \frac{n^k}{k!}$ if it exists [duplicate]

Does there exist the following limitation? If the answer is yes, could you show me how to find that? $$\lim_{n\to\infty} e^{-n}\sum_{k=0}^n \frac{n^k}{k!}$$ In the following, I'm going to write what ...

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