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The $q$-continued fraction for tribonacci constant and others

Let $q = e^{-2\pi}$. We are familiar with Ramanujan's beautiful continued fraction, $$\cfrac{q^{1/5}}{1 + \cfrac{q} {1 + \cfrac{q^2} {1 + \cfrac{q^3} {1+\ddots}}}} = {\sqrt{5+\sqrt{5}\over ...
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Is $\pi$ wrong? [on hold]

Which is more fundamental $\tau$ or $\pi$? Where $\tau=2\pi$ In particular, a circle is defined as the set of points a fixed distance the $\textbf{radius}$ from a given point, the center. While ...
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clarity in the solution of the following problem

$$(D^2+D)y=x^2+2x+4$$ I found the solution as $$CF=C_{1}+e^{-x}C_{2}$$ and PI=$$\left(\frac{x^3}{3}\right)+4x$$ but the solution from my teacher is PI = $$\left(\frac{x^3}{3}\right)+4x+C3$$ Where ...
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When do I have to respect the $C$ constant and when can I combine?

Question Verify that the given two-parameter family of functions is the general solution of the non-homogeneous differential equation on the indicated interval. $$ y''-4y'+4y = 2e^{2x}+4x-12 $$ $$ ...
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Mathematical importance of the golden ratio [duplicate]

I know the golden ratio is the limit of the ratios of consecutive Fibonacci numbers and that it appears when studying many related combinatorial objects (such as the sequences of zeros and ones with ...
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How values of the constants are derived mathematically? [closed]

As said by Jan regarding constant value $\pi$ ,Imagine you have a circle and you are able to measure its circumference "c". Then, you can also find out what its diameter "d" is. When you divide ...
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What is the most intuitive explanation for euler's identity? [duplicate]

Is there any intuitive explanation for: $$e^{i\pi} + 1 = 0$$ About whether this question is a duplicate, what is asked for is not a proof but an explanation that helps with the not-so-intuitive ...
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What is $1 \over \infty$ really? [closed]

Let's define infinity ($\infty$) as the number larger than any finite number. Also, let's define the infinitesimal constant ($\epsilon$) as the smallest number greater than zero. What is ...
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How to find the constant of an expanded binomial expression?

Can somebody please explain how to find the Constant Term in an Expanded Binomial Expression? I have looked online and a lot of the explanations have confused me. The problem i'm currently on is ...
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Difference between variables, parameters and constants

I believe the following 4 questions I have, are all related to eachother. Question 1: Of course I've been using constants, variables and parameters for a long time, but I sometimes get confused ...
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Find A,B such that the given function is a solution to the given differential equation

The equation is: $x(t)=A\sin(t)+B\cos(t), \; x' - 3x = \frac{1}{2}\cos(t)$ I'm honestly just lost from where to start. I'd really appreciate any help. Answer: $A = \frac{1}{20}, \; B= ...
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Are there famous complex constants?

Are there any famous constants (like $\pi$ and $e$) that are complex? More specifically, to rule out trivial complex numbers, are there any famous constants of the form $a+bi$ with $a \neq 0 \wedge b ...
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can a constant in a max be taken outside

A really silly question, but can I do: $$\max_x \left( c \cdot f(x) \right) = c \cdot \max_x f(x)$$ It seems that way, since I'm just interested in the maximum value of $f(x)$ which is not influenced ...
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Sequence with Prime Numbers

I was looking a question in a calculus book which used the following steps to show that following sequence has a limit (called Euler's constant $\gamma$): $$t_n = \sum_{i=1}^n\left(\frac{1}{n}\right) ...
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If $\nabla f(x) = 0$ on a set $S$, is $f$ necessarily constant on $S$?

If $\nabla f(x) = 0$ on a set $S$, is $f$ necessarily constant on $S$? I know it is true when $S$ is open convex, or open connected, but what about any arbitrary $S$?
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$\sum_{n=2}^{\infty}[\log{(\log{(p_{n+1})})} - \log{(\log{(p_n)})}] - \frac{1}{p_{n+1}} = C$?

With $p_n$ prime, does the constant, $C$, exist and have a name? $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}[\log{(\log{(p_{n+1})})} - \log{(\log{(p_n)})}] - \frac{1}{p_n} = C$$ If not,how about a constant and function ...
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What is he easiest way to approximate γ as a decimal number?

What is the easiest way to give the numerical value of the Euler-Mascheroni constant? The mathmetical way to give that value? Thanks lot!
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Calculating Closed form of Basel type problem.

I want to find the sum of $\displaystyle\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^{\phi(n)}}$. where $\phi$ is Euler's totient. so for example 1/1^1 + 1/2^1 + 1/3^2 +1/4^2 + 1/5^4 + 1/6^2 etc... I also want to ...
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The probabilistic interpretation of ramanujan's constant $ e^{\pi\sqrt{163}}$

Some of the mathematical constant has an interesting probabilistic interpretation. For example, "$\large\pi$". Suppose two integers are chosen at random. What is the probability that they are ...
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What is the value of a + b + s + t

I'm confused as to how to approach this. I've tried to foil it out. $$x^3(3x-1)=a+bx+sx^2+tx^3$$ The equation above is true for all values of $x$, where $a$, $b$, $s$, and $t$ are constants. What ...
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Why do texts frequently define $\mathbf {i}$?

Often when I see a formula containing $\mathbf {i}$, it will be accompanied by the definition $\mathbf {i^2 = -1}$. Why don't we just assume that most students of advanced math know what $\mathbf {i}$ ...
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Sum of a Normal and a Truncated Normal distribution

I have normal distribution $ N(\mu_1, \sigma_1)$ which shows the amount of demand in warehouse 1. The current amount of stock in the warehouse 1 is C. If the random demand is greater than C, it cannot ...
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Online encyclopedia of maths and physics constants?

The OEIS is amazing, I used to spend hours creating sequences using arbitrary algorithms and look it up to see if it has an alternate definition and what's the meaning and the history of this ...
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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, $$\text{Li}_2(\alpha^6)-4\text{Li}_2(\alpha^3)-3\text{Li}_2(\alpha^2)+6\text{Li}_2(\alpha)-\tfrac{7}{5}\zeta(2)=0\tag1$$ ...
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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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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 ...