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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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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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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 ...
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If there are entire $G_k$s such that $f=\exp\circ\exp\circ\cdots \circ\exp\circ G_k$ ($k$ times), must $f$ be constant?

I am a French guest and I hope that my English isn't too bad... So here is my issue: I consider an entire function $f$ which satisfies the following property for each complex number $z\in ...
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Is $\exp(x)$ the same as $e^x$?

For homework I have to find the derivative of $\text {exp}(6x^5+4x^3)$ but I am not sure if this is equivalent to $e^{6x^5+4x^3}$ If there is a difference, what do I do to calculate the derivative of ...
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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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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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A closed form for $\int_0^\infty\left(\frac{2^{-x}-3^{-x}}x\right)^adx,\ a\notin\mathbb{Z}^+$

Let $$I(a)=\int_0^\infty\left(\frac{2^{-x}-3^{-x}}x\right)^adx.$$ $I(a)$ has closed form representations for all $a\in\mathbb{Z}^+$. Is there any algebraic (or at least period) ...
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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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How to prove $ \lim_{n \to \infty} e^n \cdot \left( \sum_{k=0}^{n-1} ({k-n \over e})^k/k! \right)- 2 \cdot n = \frac 23$?

I observed for the function $$ f(n)= e^n \sum_{k=0}^{n-1}\left(\dfrac{k - n}{e}\right)^k \cdot \dfrac{1}{k!} \tag 1$$ with small $n$ that ...
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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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Find the smallest k such that $n^k > \sum_{i=0}^{n-1} i^k$

Let $n \in \mathbb{N}$. Is it possible to find the smallest $k \in \mathbb{N}$ such that $$n^k > \sum_{i=1}^{n-1} i^k \ ?$$ It's easy to prove that such $k$ exist because: $$n^k > 1^k + 2^k ...
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Why isn't $\lim \limits_{x\to\infty}(1+\frac{1}{x})^{x}= 1$?

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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Can you raise $\pi$ to a real power to make it rational?

We're all familair with this beautiful proof whether or not an irrational number to an irrational power can be rational. It goes something like this: Take $(\sqrt{2})^{\sqrt{2}}$ If it's rational, ...
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Find $x$ from $3^x\cdot x^3 = 1$

I saw a question on internet, tried to solve but I can't: \begin{equation} 3^x\cdot x^3 = 1 \end{equation} I get $\ln$ function and made some equalization and I reached that: \begin{equation} ...
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Is this question too easy or am I getting it wrong?

In my homework, I am asked to find the limit $$\lim\limits_{x\to0}{\frac{x}{e^x}}$$ But obviously, you could just substitute $x = 0$: $$\lim\limits_{x\to0}{\frac{x}{e^x}} = ...
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Is there a simple proof that $e^2$ is irrational using a positional numeral system?

My favorite proof that $e$ is irrational goes something like this. Observe that we can write any real number $r$ as $$ a \,+\, \frac{b_2}{2} \,+\, \frac{b_3}{3!} \,+\, \frac{b_4}{4!} \,+\, ...
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Integral of matrix exponential

Let $A$ be an $n \times n$ matrix. Then the solution of the initial value problem \begin{align*} \dot{x}(t) = A x(t), \quad x(0) = x_0 \end{align*} is given by $x(t) = \mathrm{e}^{At} x_0$. I am ...
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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!} = ...
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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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Proving the inequality $e^{-2x}\leq 1-x$

How do I prove the inequality $e^{-2x}\leq1-x$ for $0\leq x\leq1/2$?
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Solve $e^x+x=1$

This seems to have stumped even my TA, so I'm asking it here. Given $e^x + x = 1$, solve for $x$. I already know that the answer is zero, but have no idea how to get there.
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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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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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Peculiar locations of the root and the maximum of $(x+1)^{x+1}-x^{x+2}$

Related to some other problems, I got interested in this function: $$(x+1)^{x+1}-x^{x+2}$$ Its root is very close to $\pi$: (Mathematica code) ...
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Integrate this monster

Can you please help me? I've been trying for some time now to integrate this: $$\int_0^\infty g^{-(a+1)} \; \exp\left\{-\left(\frac{b}{g} + \frac{1}{2} \sum_{i=1}^{n} ...
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Exponential growth of cow populations in Minecraft

Minecraft is a computer game where you can do many things including farm cows. When fed wheat, cows in Minecraft breed with each other in pairs and produce one baby per pair. After about 20 minutes ...
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Given a matrix $A$, find $A^n$

Given the matrix $$A = \left[{9\atop20}{-4\atop-9}\right]$$ how do I find $A^7$ or $A^{54}$ or $A^{2008}$ (etc.) ? I know I need the eigenvalues of A, but I'm not sure what to do afterwards. Is the ...
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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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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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Is $\exp:\overline{\mathbb{M}}_n\to\mathbb{M}_n$ injective?

More specific to my problem, this is a variation on Is $\exp:\mathbb{M_n}\to\mathbb{M_n}$ injective? which was promptly answered with a counterexample. Let $\mathbb{M}_n$ be the space of $n\times n$ ...
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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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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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Find $\lim_{x\to-\infty}{x+e^{-x}}$

I have this exercise in my worksheet: $$\lim_{x\to-\infty}{x+e^{-x}}$$ I am always ending up with $-∞+∞$ or $\frac{∞}{∞}$. It says the answer is $+∞$, but how can I get that?
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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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prove that $\frac{1-e^{-x^2}}{x}\le 2\sqrt{2} , \ x>0$,

Can you show very easy methods? I hope I'll see many methods. Thank you everyone. Prove that: $$\frac{1-e^{-x^2}}{x}\le 2\sqrt{2} \ \ \ \qquad \forall x>0.$$
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Conjectural closed form for $\int_0^\infty\sqrt[3]z\ \operatorname{Ei}^2(-z)\,dz$

While trying to answer the question "A closed form for $\displaystyle\int_0^1\frac{\ln(-\ln x)\ \operatorname{li}^2x}{x}dx$", I came up with a conjecture: $$\int_0^\infty\sqrt[3]z\ ...
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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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Why is the ratio of the number of terms needed to achieve successive integer values in the harmonic series approximately $e$?

Consider the harmonic series: $$1+\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{3}+\frac{1}{4}+\frac{1}{5} + \cdots .$$ It takes $1$ term to achieve a partial sum of $1$, since $1$ is the first number. It takes $4$ terms to ...
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Prove that $(e+x)^{e-x}>(e-x)^{e+x}$

I get stuck with proving that $$(e+x)^{e-x}>(e-x)^{e+x}$$ for $x \in (0, e)$. All I know, is that it is doable with Jensen inequality, and I started with defining $$f(x)=(e+x)^{e-x}$$ and further ...
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Proof of inequality $e^x + e^{-x} \leq 2e^{x^2}$

How would I prove that $$e^x + e^{-x} \leq 2e^{x^2}, \quad \text{for all real $x$}?$$ I narrowed it down to proving for $x \in (-1,1)$. I observed that for $(0,1)$ and for $(-1,0)$ I may need to ...
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Prove $\sum_{n=1}^\infty(e-\sum_{k=0}^n\frac1{k!})=1$

This comes from the comments section of this question here, credits Lucian. The statement is $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty\left(e-\sum_{k=0}^n\frac1{k!}\right)=1$$ This looks really interesting, so I was ...
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Show that $\,\,n!<\mathrm{e}\left(\frac{n}{2}\right)^n$

I'd like to prove that $\,\,n!<\mathrm{e}\left(\frac{n}{2}\right)^n$. What I have so far: $$\sqrt[n]{n!} = \sqrt[n]{1\cdot 2 \cdot \ldots \cdot n} \leq \frac{1+\ldots ...
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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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Are these equations known?

Hello I found two equations that lead to constant e. I wonder if they are known. I think especially first one is most likely known but I couldn't find, it is hard to search google with all these ...
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Why is the differentiation of $e^x$ is $e^x$?

$$\frac{d}{dx} e^x=e^x$$ Please explain simply as I haven't studied the first principle of differentiation yet, but I know the basics of differentiation.
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Solving $2^{2x+1} - 2^{x+4} = 2^3 - 2^x$

$$2^{2x+1} - 2^{x+4} = 2^3 - 2^x$$ How can I solve an exponential equation that has many terms as the one above. Include more than one method if available.
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Solution to differential equations $y(0)=1$ and $y^{(n)}=y+1$

When I was solving some differential equations, I asked myself the following: Is there a function has the following: $$y'=y+1$$ $$y''=y+1$$ $$y'''=y+1$$ $$......$$ $$......$$ If the initial value is ...
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Evaluate a limit (probably involving L'Hôpital rule)

Evaluate the limit: $$\mathop {\lim }\limits_{x \to \infty } x\left( {{{\left( {1 + {1 \over x}} \right)}^x} - e} \right)$$ My attempts didn't yield a result. I'd be glad for a guidance. Thanks!