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Prime numbers making constant : 1.2527

Reading "Excursion in calculus" (Robert M. Young, 1992), exercice 13 on page 71 ask the reader to show there is a constant $c\approx 1.25$ such that $a_0=2^c$ $a_{n+1}=2^{a_n}$ $\forall n\; \lfloor ...
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I can't remember a fallacious proof involving integrals and trigonometric identities.

My calc professor once taught us a fallacious proof. I'm hoping someone here can help me remember it. Here's what I know about it: The end result was some variation of 0=1 or 1=2. It involved ...
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Has anyone established an upper bound for the least integer $k$ such that infinitely many primes have at most $k$ ones in their binary representation?

Has anyone established an upper bound for the least integer $k$ such that infinitely many primes have at most $k$ ones in their binary representation? $2$ is the only prime with $1$ one, the Fermat ...
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Does and where to does $\lim_{n\to\infty}\sum_{m} \prod_k \frac{1}{\lambda_{k,m}!}$ converge?

Given $n$ you get a number of partitions of $n$ and let's denote $\lambda_{k,m}$ to be the $k$th part of the $m$th partition. Now I built the following sum, that stimulated the following question: $$ ...
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Does Euler-Mascheroni constant belong to the ring of periods?

I wonder whether $\gamma$ belongs to the ring of periods?
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What is the algebraic role of the mathematical constant $\gamma$?

Mathematical constants $\pi$, $e$, $i$ have a lot of algebraic roles. They appear as identity elements, idempotents, invariant elements etc against various operations and sets. This is illustrated by ...
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How to solve following limit

I've been struggeling a bit with the following limit: $\lim\limits_{x \to 0} \frac{a- \sqrt{a^2 - x^2}}{x^2}$ The solution is: If a < 0 then -$\infty$ . If a > 0 then $\frac{1}{2a}$ But I don't ...
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Lax Pairs and constant eigenvalues

Can someone tell me whether the following is true, and if so a hint the proof? If we have a Lax Pair $\dot{L} = [A,L]$ then the eigenvalues of $L$ are constants of the motion. (The opposite ...
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Why does the tribonacci constant have a trilogarithm ladder?

When I came across the dilogarithm ladders of Coxeter and Landen, namely, $$\text{Li}_2(\alpha^6)= 4\text{Li}_2(\alpha^3)+3\text{Li}_2(\alpha^2)-6\text{Li}_2(\alpha)+\tfrac{7}{5}\zeta(2)\tag1$$ ...
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Linear second order PDE with constant coefficients

I am doing this mathematical problem $c*G_{vv}+ d*G_{u} + e*G_{v} +f*G=0$, where $c, d, e$ and $f$- are constant coefficients. I already know that this is second order PDE and we classify it by ...
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What's the value of tau?

I've seen $\tau$ on a title of a YouTube video and I need help knowing what the value is. I'm serious. I've never heard of the value. So, what is it? Also, is it rational or irrational (this part ...
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Is there a name for this constant? (0.0100011011…)

It's the simplest number I could think of that contains any finite binary code in its digits: $$\begin{align} c &= 0.0100011011000001010011100101110111...\\ &= ...
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a simple formula linking the value of $e$ to the Golden Ratio $\phi$

These last days, I was looking for an approximation formula to $\pi$. But, surprisingly, the formulas led to this other one: $$ e = \left (\frac {\phi} {\phi - 1} \right)^{\frac {1} ...
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Countability - Constant Functions

I am learning about countability. I know about diagonalization and I am confused about constant functions and whether or not they are countable. A constant function in my case would be: $f(0) = 1,$ ...
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Can I say that a fixed constant is less or equal infinity?

Mathematically speaking, given $c\in\mathbb{R}$, can I say that: $c\leq\infty$? E.g., is $10 \leq \infty$ a correct mathematical statement? I know this comparison is true in computer arithmetic, ...
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Given that equation is a positive constant, equal roots, find value of k

I am having trouble solving this equation. It reads... Given that the equation $kx^2+12x+k = 0$, where $k$ is a positive constant, has equal roots, find the value of $k$. I am not sure where to ...
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what is $e$ really? what is its meaning? [duplicate]

I don't get it how we came up with $e$ and how can nature use this number so much! that is what I have been told and I only know that $e$ is a specific constant like $\pi$! I understand that $\pi$ ...
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Methods for calculating $\pi$ that use the sphere?

The area of the unit circle is $\pi$ and its circumference is $2\pi$. Consequently, many elementary methods for calculating and approximating $\pi$ use a geometric approach on the circle, such as ...
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Paperfolding Constant

In the Wikipedia article about the regular paperfolding sequence, it says (more or less quoted): Taking $G(t_n;x) = G(t_n;x^2) + \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}x^{4n+1} = > G(t_n;x^2) + \frac{x}{1-x^4}$ ...
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How to prove this equality about e

I have the assumption that the following holds: $$\lim_{n \to \infty}\frac{1}{n^2} \cdot \sum_{i = 0}^n \left(1 - \frac 1n \right)^i = 1 - \frac{2}{e}.$$ However, I am totally not sure about it. How ...
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Does a constant of integration changes the shape of a distribution?

Let $f(x)$ be the frequency distribution of the variable $x$. Let assume that $\int^{\infty}_{-\infty} f(x) ≠ 1$. Let $g(x) = C f(x)$ such as $C$ is the constant of integration so that ...
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Consequences of irrationality of e

We know that $e$, $\pi$ are irrational... But WHY do we know it? I am going to give a lecture about irrationality of e, and I'm looking for a reason why it is an interesting subject. I know the proof, ...
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Twin Prime Constant

How would one prove that the twin prime constant $$C_2 = \prod_{p > 2}1-\frac{1}{(p-1)^2} > 0$$ Simply computing the product for a large number of terms isn't rigorous, and simply establishes ...
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Is Planck's constant a mathematical or a physical constant?

Planck's constant $h$ came out of his considerations of black body radiation and features prominently in quantum physics. Recently I came across the statement that $-i\hbar = pq - qp$ for elements ...
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how i could show that $f$ is a constant if it has intermediate value and local extremum properties? [duplicate]

let $ f\colon R\to R $ be a function with intermediate value property . if $f$ has a local extremum at every point $x\in R $ . my question is how i could show that $f$ is constant ? I would be ...
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Is $e$ involved in some geometric figure in any way?

Let's take some popular numbers in math: $\pi$, $e$, $\sqrt{2}$ and $\phi$. The number $\pi$ is the ratio between the circumference and the diameter of a circle; $\sqrt{2}$ is the length of a diagonal ...
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Is there any reason why $4-\pi$ is quite close to $\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}$?

In this question obviously the error of our "approximation" is $4-\pi=0.858...$ . I tried to reconstruct the false argument with $\tau=2\pi$, and the error in that case would be $8-\tau=1.716...$, ...
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Quartic Polynomial Manipulation

I have a quartic polynomial in $x$ (too long to write here) $f(x,c_1, c_2, c_2)$ where $c_1, c_2, c_3$ are constants which I have complete freedom over how to fix their values, as long as they are ...
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Landau Constants precision

Looking at an article in Wikipedia on Landau constants it indicates that the actual values are not known except that they are within a certain interval. This seems surprising to me since for most ...
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How is PI used to predict weather patterns?

I've heard that using PI to predict weather patterns is possible. I would like verification on this, and how this is possible. I can't seem to find any other sources explaining this concept. My ...
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calculating the position of a given digit in a constant (e.g. $\pi$)

I'm aware that there are a lot BBP type formulas out there which extract the n-th digit of the observed constant. I'm asking for the reverse action, namely, is it possible to find the first ...
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Why we can't define more mathematical constant?

I would like to know how many mathematical constant are there? I saw this link and I know the names. Who can define a mathematical constant? Someone can say that ...
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A misconception about arbitary constant

Given a function $f(x)$ from $\mathbb R$ to $\mathbb R$, If $f'(x)=0$ $\text{ for all } x\in \mathbb R$. Then $f(x)=C$.(This is my understanding) Question: I think that $C$ has to remain constant ...
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$\pi^4 + \pi^5 \approx e^6$ is anything special going on here?

Saw it in the news: $$(\pi^4 + \pi^5)^{\Large\frac16} \approx 2.71828180861$$ Is this just pigeon-hole? DISCUSSION: counterfeit $e$ using $\pi$'s Given enough integers and $\pi$'s we can ...
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Why does $e^{i\pi}=-1$? [duplicate]

I will first say that I fully understand how to prove this equation from the use of power series, what I am interested in though is why $e$ and $\pi$ should be linked like they are. As far as I know ...
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Is it true that the formulas of the volume and surface area of an n-dimensional sphere are best expressed in terms of $\eta = \frac{\pi}{2}$?

Someone told me that the formulas of the volume and surface area of an n-dimensional sphere get simplified a lot if we express them in terms of $\eta = \frac{\pi}{2}$ instead of $\pi$. . In terms of ...
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Rewriting in $y=A_0\cdot e^{at}$

How do you rewrite $y = −8(1.589)^{t − 3}$ in $y=A_0e^{at}$ form for appropriate constants $A_0$ and $a?$ For other problems I took the $\ln$ of the number inside the parenthesis. So for example I ...
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How to prove that $\frac{d}{dx}\epsilon x^2=2\varepsilon x$ where $\varepsilon$ is just a constant

How to prove that $\frac{d}{dx}\varepsilon x^2=2\varepsilon x$ where $\varepsilon$ is just a constant? Thanks in advance for your immense help.
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What is the constant $c$ in $\frac{d}{dx} \frac{d}{dy} c^{xy} = c^{xy}$?

In the manner in which $\frac{d}{dx} e^{x} = e^{x}$. What is the value of the constant $c$ for which $\frac{d}{dx} \frac{d}{dy} c^{xy} = c^{xy} $ ?
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Asymptotic Big Omega Proof

Let $f(n) = 2n^4 − 4n^3 + 16n^2 − 64^n + 3$. (a) Using the constant $c = 1.9$, prove that $f(n) \in \Omega(n^4)$. Just by looking at it it is clear to me that this is true as for $f(n) \in ...
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Calculus Derivative - Finding unknown constants

Determine the constants $a$, $b$, $c$, and $d$ so that the curve defined by $y = ax^3 + bx^2 + cx + d$ has a local maximum at the point $(2, 4)$ and a point of inflection at the origin. Sketch the ...
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Statistics - scaling sets of data - mean & S.d

A set of numbers has a mean of 22 and a standard deviation of 6. If 3 is added to each number of the set, and each resulting number is then doubled, find the mean(50) and standard deviation(12) of the ...
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If $\pi $ is a normal number, is $\tau $ one?

If $\pi$ is a normal number, would that imply that $\tau =2\pi $ is also a normal number? If so, why? Something tells me that it should be, but I have no idea how to prove it. If all digits of $\pi$ ...
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Limits to infinity Finding Constant Number

Hi I have a question regarding of limits to infinity please help which I need to find the constant number for a and b. Please help! Thank You! The question states the user to find the following ...
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What are the uses of Euler's number $e$?

People make such a big deal of the number $e$. I do not get why it is so important, other than the fact that $\ln(x)=\log_e(x)$. People say it is used all over mathematics and such, but they never ...
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Integration involving multiple constants…

So I've been tackling the rather nasty integral of... $\int^R_s\frac{2r}{\sqrt{r^2-s^2}}.\frac{1}{2}(R-r)^2dr$ ...where R and s are constants. However, every method I try I seem to get stumped by ...
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How to proof that $\lim_{h \to 0}\frac{e^h-1}{h} = 1$ using the definition $e = \lim_{n \to \infty}(1+\frac{1}{n})^n$?

In other words, how I can prove that these two definitions of $e$ is equal? I saw these two definitions while trying to find proofs for $\frac{d}{dx}e^x$ and $\frac{d}{dx}\ln x$; some use the former ...
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Champernowne constant - summation and behavior of terms in continued fraction expansion

Is there an infinite summation that gives the Champernowne constant? Wikipedia has one, and so does Wolfram MathWorld. Are they valid? If so, could someone explain why, i.e how do they work? Also, ...
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$f$ is analytic with range as a circle

I was given that range of $f$ lies on a cirlce, and $f$ is analytic on $D$. I want to show that $f$ is constant. This is my approach: I suppose that $f$ lies on a circle $|w-P|=R$, where $P,R$ are ...
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On a constant defined by Ramanujan.

In the second letter to Hardy Ramanujan writes about the number of prime numbers less than $n$ there he writes. Here this constant $\mu$ facinated me . What is its closed form? and How to compute ...