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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 $e$ $$ ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Do factorials really grow faster than exponential functions?

Having trouble understanding this. Is there anyway to prove it?
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 $e^x\ge x+1$ for all real $x$ [duplicate]

Without using differentiation, logarithmic function, rigorously, prove that $$e^x\ge x+1$$ for all real values of $x$.
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Is it trivial to say $\mathop {\lim }\limits_{n \to \infty } {(1 + {k \over n})^n} = e^{k}$

Is it trivial to say $$\mathop {\lim }\limits_{n \to \infty } {(1 + {k \over n})^n} = e^{k},$$ considering the fact that we know $$\mathop {\lim }\limits_{n \to \infty } {(1 + {1 \over n})^n} = e?$$ ...
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Euler's identity: why is the $e$ in $e^{ix}$? What if it were some other constant like $2^{ix}$?

$e^{ix}$ describes a unit circle in polar coordinates on the complex plane, where x is the angle (in radians) counterclockwise of the positive real axis. My intuition behind this is that ...
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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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Reason for LCM of all numbers from 1 .. n equals roughly $e^n$

I computed the LCM for all natural numbers from 1 up to a limit $n$ and plotted the result over $n$. Due to the fast-raising numbers, I plotted the logarithm of the result and was surprised to find a ...
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“What if” math joke: the derivative of $\ln(x)^e$

Randall Munroe, the creator of xkcd in his latest book What if writes (p. 175) that the mathematical analog of the phrase "knock me over with a feather" is seeing the expression $ \ln( x )^{e}$. And ...
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Why is $e^{x}$ not uniformly continuous on $\mathbb{R}$?

It seems intuitively very clear that $e^{x}$ is not uniformly continuous on $\mathbb{R}$. I'm looking to 'prove' it using $\epsilon$-$\delta$ analysis though. I reason as follows: Suppose $\epsilon ...
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How does $e^{i x}$ produce rotation around the imaginary unit circle?

Euler’s formula states that $e^{i x} = \cos(x) + i \sin(x)$. I can see from the MacLaurin Expansion that this is indeed true; however, I don’t intuitively understand how raising $e$ to the power of ...
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Find the positive root of the equation $ce^{-c}-2(1-e^{-c})^2=0$

Can you help me find a root for $c$ in the equation below? $$ce^{-c}-{10\over5}(1-e^{-c})^2=0$$ By expanding this I got, $$ce^{-c}-2 + 4 e^{-c}-2e^{-2c}=0$$ now grouping, ...
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$\pi$ from the unit circle, $\sqrt 2$ from the unit square but what about $e$? [duplicate]

If one wants to introduce $\pi$ to a not mathematically savvy person, the unit circle would be a good choice. The unit square would be the way to go for $\sqrt 2$. But what about $e$? I've reviewed ...
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Stuck on this integral involving exp and the floor function

Here is the integral $$\int_0^\infty \lfloor x \rfloor e^{-x}dx$$ Here is what I have so far: $$I = \sum_{n=0}^\infty \int_n^{n+1} n e^{-x}dx$$ $$ = \sum_{n=0}^\infty -ne^{-n-1} + ne^{-n}$$ $$ = ...
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Is there any proof for this formula $\lim_{n \to ∞} \prod_{k=1}^n \left (1+\dfrac {kx}{n^2} \right) =e^{x⁄2}$

Some times ago, In a mathematical problem book I sow that this formula. I don't no whether it is true or not. But now I'm try to prove it. I have no idea how to begin it. Any hint or reference would ...
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integral evaluation of an exponential

let be the function $$ e^{-a|x|^{b}} $$ with $ a,b $ positive numbers bigger than zero then how could i evaluate this 2 integrals ? $$ \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}dxe^{-a|x|^{b}}e^{cx}$$ here 'c' can ...
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Confused about complex numbers

I am confused about something: \begin{eqnarray} (e^{2 i \pi})^{0.5} = (e^{2 i \pi \cdot 0.5})= e^{i \pi}=-1 \end{eqnarray} but \begin{eqnarray} e^{2 i \pi}=1~ and~ 1^{0.5}=1 \end{eqnarray} ...
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Proving that a definition of e is unique

We can define $e$ as the number such that $\lim_{h \to 0} \frac{e^h-1}{h}=1$. However, of course we can only define $e$ this way if it is unique, i.e., there is no other value $c$ for which that is a ...
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How to prove $(\frac{n+1}{e})^n<n!<e(\frac{n+1}{e})^{n+1}$ without integrating method?

How to prove $$\left(\frac{n+1}{e}\right)^n<n!<e\left(\frac{n+1}{e}\right)^{n+1}$$ without integrating method? In fact we could prove this by noticing that $$i<x<i+1\Rightarrow \ln ...
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Prove that if $\phi'(x) = \phi(x)$ and $\phi(0)=0$, then $\phi(x)\equiv 0$. Use this to prove the identity $e^{a+b} = e^a e^b$.

I am given the following. hint Consider $f(x)=e^{-x} \phi(x)$. I am unsure how to approach this problem.
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Iterates of $f_b(x) = x - \log_b(x) $ - for $\log(b) \approx 0.399$: convergence to accumulation points or chaos?

In a previous question I arrived at the family of functions (depending on a real parameter b for the base of exponentiation/logarithm): $$ f(x) = x - \log_b(x) \qquad \qquad b \gt 0$$ with the ...
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Limit involving $(\sin x) /x -\cos x $ and $(e^{2x}-1)/(2x)$, without l'Hôpital

Find: $$\lim_{x\to 0}\ \frac{\dfrac{\sin x}{x} - \cos x}{2x \left(\dfrac{e^{2x} - 1}{2x} - 1 \right)}$$ I have factorized it in this manner in an attempt to use the formulae. I have tried to use that ...
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How to estimate the value of $e$. [closed]

I am currently studying how to estimate $e$. To solve this problem I use these methods discuss below: Method 1: We know that $e^x = 1 + \dfrac{x}{1!} + \dfrac{x}{2!}+ \cdots $ So if we consider a ...
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How to prove $1+x \leq e^x~\forall x \in \mathbb{R}?$

How to prove $$1+x \leq e^x~\forall x \in \mathbb{R}$$ I'm stuck, I tried taking logs but didn't know how to proceed.
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How would I create a exponential ramp function from 0,0 to 1,1 with a single value to explain curvature?

I need an exponential function that will take linear input from 0,0 to 1,1 and give me back an exponential shaped curve such that changes in X near the 0 point result in small increases in Y, but each ...
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How to integrate $\int \frac{e^x dx}{1\,+\,e^{2x}}$

Ok, I give up, I have tried with $u$-substitution and integration by parts but I can't solve it. The integral is: $$\int{\frac{e^x dx}{1+e^{2x}}}$$ I have tried $u=e^x$, $u=e^{2x}$ and also ...