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Comparing $\pi^{e}$ and $e^{\pi}$

How can I calculate without calculator or something like this the values of $\pi^{e}$ and $e^{\pi}$ in order to compare them ?
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Simplest or nicest proof that $1+x \le e^x$

The elementary but very useful inequality that $1+x \le e^x$ for all real $x$ has a number of different proofs, some of which can be found online. But is there a particularly slick, intuitive or ...
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Proving that $\lim\limits_{x \to 0}\frac{e^x-1}{x} = 1$

I was messing around with the definition of the derivative, trying to work out the formulas for the common functions using limits. I hit a roadblock, however, while trying to find the derivative of $e^...
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About $\lim \left(1+\frac {x}{n}\right)^n$

I was wondering if it is possible to get a link to a rigorous proof that $$\displaystyle \lim_{n\to\infty} \left(1+\frac {x}{n}\right)^n=\exp x$$
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Finding the limit of $\left(\frac{n}{n+1}\right)^n$

Find the limit of: $$\lim_{n\to\infty}\left(\frac{n}{n+1}\right)^n$$ I'm pretty sure it goes to zero since $(n+1)^n > n^n$ but when I input large numbers it goes to $0.36$. Also, when factoring: ...
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Solve the equation $2^x=1-x$

Solve the equation: $$2^x=1-x$$ I know this is extremely easy and I know the solution using graphical approach. Basically, I can see the solution, but I can't work it out algebraically.
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How to solve this equation $x^{2}=2^{x}$?

How to solve this equation $$x^{2}=2^{x}$$ where $x \in \mathbb{R}$. Por tentativa erro consegui descobri que $2$ é uma solução, mas não encontrei um método pra isso. Alguma sugestão?(*) (...
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Prove $e^{x+y}=e^{x}e^{y}$ by using Exponential Series

In order to show $e^{x+y}=e^{x}e^{y}$ by using Exponential Series, I got the following: $$e^{x}e^{y}=\Big(\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}{x^n \over n!}\Big)\cdot \Big(\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}{y^n \over n!}\Big)=\...
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Integration by parts: $\int e^{ax}\cos(bx)\,dx$

I need to evaluate the following function and then check my answer by taking the derivative: $$\int e^{ax}\cos(bx)\,dx$$ where $a$ is any real number and $b$ is any positive real number. I know ...
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Show that $e^{x+y}=e^xe^y$ using $e^x=\lim_{n\to\infty }\left(1+\frac{x}{n}\right)^n$.

I was looking for a proof of $e^{x+y}=e^xe^y$ using the fact that $$e^x=\lim_{n\to\infty }\left(1+\frac{x}{n}\right)^n.$$ So I have that $$\left(1+\frac{x+y}{n}\right)^n=\sum_{k=0}^n\binom{n}{k}\frac{...
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If $z_n \to z$ then $(1+z_n/n)^n \to e^z$

We are dealing with $z \in \mathbb{C}$. I know that $$ \left(1+ \frac{z}{n} \right)^n \to e^{z} $$ as $n \to \infty$. So intuitively if $z_n \to z$ then we should have $$ \left(1+ \frac{z_n}{n} \right)...
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How to understand why $x^0 = 1$, where $x$ is any real number?

Alright, so the idea of an exponent, $x$, is that you are multiplying its base by itself $x$ number of times. With base $5$ and $x=3$, we have that $5^3$ = $5 \cdot 5 \cdot 5$ I understand that the ...
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Why is it hard to prove whether $\pi+e$ is an irrational number?

From this list I came to know that it is hard to conclude $\pi+e$ is an irrational? Can somebody discuss with reference "Why this is hard ?" Is it still an open problem ? If yes it will be helpful ...
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Can the graph of $x^x$ have a real-valued plot below zero?

The function $f(x) = x^x$ gives a complex number only if x has an even denominator. I'm not sure about irrational numbers. Why, then, is the best graph I can find of that function that of Wolfram ...
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Solve $2^{x}=x^{2}$

I've been asked to solve this and I've tried a few things but I have trouble eliminating x. I first tried taking the natural log: $x\ln \left( 2\right) =2\ln \left( x\right) $ $\dfrac {\ln \left( 2\...
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What's so “natural” about the base of natural logarithms?

There are so many available bases. Why is the strange number $e$ preferred over all else? Of course one could integrate $\frac{1}x$ and see this. But is there more to the story?
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Can $\displaystyle\lim_{h\to 0}\frac{b^h - 1}{h}$ be solved without circular reasoning?

In many places I have read that $$\lim_{h\to 0}\frac{b^h - 1}{h}$$ is by definition $\ln(b)$. Does that mean that this is unsolvable without using that fact or a related/derived one? I can of course ...
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Are the any non-trivial functions where $f(x)=f'(x)$ not of the form $Ae^x$

This may seem like a silly question, but I just wanted to check. I know there are proofs that if $f(x)=f'(x)$ then $f(x)=Ae^x$. But can we 'invent' another function that obeys $f(x)=f'(x)$ which is ...
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How can one prove the impossibility of writing $ \int e^{x^{2}} \, \mathrm{d}{x} $ in terms of elementary functions?

Can we express $ \displaystyle \int e^{x^{2}} \, \mathrm{d}{x} $ in terms of elementary functions? (Note: Infinite series are not allowed.) If not, then is there a proof that $ \displaystyle \int e^{x^...
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proof of inequality $e^x\le x+e^{x^2}$

Does anybody have a simple proof this inequality $$e^x\le x+e^{x^2}.$$ Thanks.
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A question comparing $\pi^e$ to $e^\pi$ [duplicate]

I was doing an algebra problem set following a chapter on logarithms and exponentiation, and it presented this "bonus question": Without using your calculator, determine which is larger: $e^\pi$ ...
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Approximation of $e$ using $\pi$ and $\phi$?

$$e \approx \frac{4 \phi +3 \pi-5}{4}$$ where $~\phi~$ is a Golden ratio . Is it possible to construct better approximation of $e$ using $\pi$ , $\phi$ and integers ?
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Solution to the functional equation $f(x^y)=f(x)^{f(y)}$

Consider the functional equation problem $$ f: \Bbb{R} \rightarrow \Bbb{R}$$ $$ f(a^b) = f(a)^{f(b)},$$ when $a,b \in \Bbb{R}, a,b \ge 0.$ So far the only solution I have is the trivial $$ f(x) ...
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Finding asymptotes of exponential function and one-sided limit

Find the asymptotes of $$ \lim_{x \to \infty}x\cdot\exp\left(\dfrac{2}{x}\right)+1. $$ How is it done?
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Why does the sum of the reciprocals of factorials converge to $e$?

I've been asked by some schoolmates why we have $$ \sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{1}{n!}=e.$$ I couldn't say much besides that the $\Gamma$ function, analytic continuation of the factorial, is defined with ...
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Alternative definition of hyperbolic cosine without relying on exponential function

Ordinary trigonometric functions are defined independently of exponential function, and then shown to be related to it by Euler's formula. Can one define hyperbolic cosine so that the formula $$\...
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Do factorials really grow faster than exponential functions?

Having trouble understanding this. Is there anyway to prove it?
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If $e^A$ and $e^B$ commute, do $A$ and $B$ commute?

It is known that if two matrices $A,B \in M_n(\mathbb{C})$ commute, then $e^A$ and $e^B$ commute. Is the converse true? If $e^A$ and $e^B$ commute, do $A$ and $B$ commute? Edit: Addionally, what ...
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Intuitive proofs that $\lim\limits_{n\to\infty}\left(1+\frac xn\right)^n=e^x$

At this link someone asked how to prove rigorously that $$ \lim_{n\to\infty}\left(1+\frac xn\right)^n = e^x. $$ What good intuitive arguments exist for this statement? Later edit: . .&...
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What combinatorial quantity the tetration of two natural numbers represents?

Tetration is a generalization of exponentiation in arithmetic and a part of a series of other generalized notions, Hyperoperators. Consider $m\uparrow n$ denotes the tetration of $m$ and $n$. i.e. $$\...
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Proving the irrationality of $e^n$

Let $n$ be a positive integer. I know the traditional proof that $e$ is irrational. How do we show that $e^n$ is irrational in some sort of similar line? I am of course assuming it is but I would be ...
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Show $\lim\limits_{h\to 0} \frac{(a^h-1)}{h}$ exists without l'Hôpital or even referencing $e$ or natural log

Taking as our definition of exponentiation repeated multiplication (extended to real exponents by continuity), can we show that the limit $$\lim_{h\to 0}\dfrac{a^h-1}{h}$$ exists, without l'Hôpital,...
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For which complex $a,\,b,\,c$ does $(a^b)^c=a^{bc}$ hold?

Wolfram Mathematica simplifies $(a^b)^c$ to $a^{bc}$ only for positive real $a, b$ and $c$. See W|A output. I've previously been struggling to understand why does $\dfrac{\log(a^b)}{\log(a)}=b$ and $\...
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How to prove continuity of $e^x$.

I simply want a proof that $e^x$ is continuous. I have never really been able to find something satisfying these points: $e$ is defined to be the limit $\lim_{n\to\infty}\left(1+{1\over n}\right)^n$...
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How would you explain why “e” is important? (And when it applies?) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Intuitive Understanding of the constant “e” Let's say you want to explain this to your teenage son. I understand the technical definition of $e$ $$ e=\lim_{n\to\infty}\...
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The proof of $e^x \leq x + e^{x^2}$ [duplicate]

How can we prove the inequality $e^x \le x + e^{x^2}$ for $x\in\mathbb{R}$?
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The exponential extension of $\mathbb{Q}$ is a proper subset of $\mathbb{C}$?

This question come from a recent post Exponential extension of $\mathbb{Q}$. An exponential field is a field $\mathbb{K}$ where it's well defined a function $E:\mathbb{K} \rightarrow \mathbb{K}$ ...
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For a fixed complex number $z$, if $z_{n}=\left( 1+\frac{z}{n}\right)^{n}$. Find $\lim_{n \to \infty}|z_{n}|$

This is a step on the way to proving $\lim_{n \to \infty}\left(1 + \frac{z}{n}\right)^{n} = e^{z}$. Please do not mark this question as a duplicate. I am not asking the same thing other people are ...
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Solve a seemingly simple limit $\lim_{n\to\infty}\left(\frac{n-2}n\right)^{n^2}$

$$\lim_{n\to\infty}\left(\frac{n-2}n\right)^\left(n^2\right)$$ Why does this go to 0? Why can I not just divide each item in the fraction by n and assume it would go to 1?
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Is the natural logarithm actually unique as a multiplier?

The Wikipedia page on the natural logarithm says: 'Logarithms can be defined to any positive base other than 1, not only e. However, logarithms in other bases differ only by a constant multiplier from ...
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Exponential extension of $\mathbb{Q}$

A non-trivial exponential function $E:\mathbb{K} \rightarrow \mathbb{K}$ in a field $\mathbb{K}$ is a function such that \begin{split} E(x+y)=E(x)E(y) \quad \forall x,y \in \mathbb{K} \\ E(x)=1 \iff ...
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Prove that e is irrational

Prove that e is an irrational number. Recall that e $=\displaystyle\sum_{n=0}^\infty\frac{1}{n!},\,\,$ and assume $\mathrm{e}$ is rational. Then $$\sum\limits_{k=0}^\infty \frac{1}{k!} = \frac{a}{b}\...
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Limit with a big exponentiation tower

Find the value of the following limit: $$\huge\lim_{x\to\infty}e^{e^{e^{\biggl(x\,+\,e^{-\left(a+x+e^{\Large x}+e^{\Large e^x}\right)}\biggr)}}}-e^{e^{e^{x}}}$$ (original image) I don't even ...
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Solving $x^k+(x+1)^k+(x+2)^k+\cdots+(x+k-1)^k=(x+k)^k$ for $k\in\mathbb N$

Letting $k$ be a natural number, can we solve the following $k$-th degree equation ? $$x^k+(x+1)^k+(x+2)^k+\cdots+(x+k-1)^k=(x+k)^k \tag{$\star$}.$$ The following two are famous: $$3^2+4^2=5^2, 3^3+4^...
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Why isn't $\lim \limits_{x\to\infty}\left(1+\frac{1}{x}\right)^{x}$ equal to $1$?

Given $\lim \limits_{x\to\infty}(1+\frac{1}{x})^{x}$, why can't you reduce it to $\lim \limits_{x\to\infty}(1+0)^{x}$, making the result "$1$"? Obviously, it's wrong, as the true value is $e$. Is it ...
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Show that $ e^{A+B}=e^A e^B$

If $A$ and $B$ are $n\times n$ matrices such that $AB = BA$ (that is, $A$ and $B$ commute), show that $$ e^{A+B}=e^A e^B$$ Note that $A$ and $B$ do NOT have to be diagonalizable.
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How was $e$ first calculated?

I understand how $\pi$ is calculated, but I am interested in references that explain when and how the natural exponent $e$ was developed. What mathematical principles are behind the value of $e$?
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Closed form for $n$-th derivative of exponential

I need the closed-form for the $n$-th derivative ($n\geq0 $): $$\frac{\partial^n}{\partial x^n}\exp\left(-\frac{\pi^2a^2}{x}\right)$$ Thanks! By following the suggestion of Hermite polynomials: $$...
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Proving $\lim \limits_{n\to +\infty } \left(1+\frac{x}{n}\right)^n=\text{e}^x$.

I knew that $e^x=\lim \limits_{n\to+\infty }{\left(1+\frac{x}{n}\right)^n}$. But I've never seen its proof. So I tried to prove it using $\exp(\ln x)=\ln(\exp(x))=x$. Here is what I've tried so far : ...
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Prove that $e^{-A} = (e^{A})^{-1}$

Let $A, B \in R^{n \times n}$. Prove that $e^{-A} = (e^{A})^{-1}$. ($R$ is the real numbers) I've tried messing around with both sides, evaluated as sums. I just can't get the two to match up. Any ...