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Explain $x^{x^{x^{{\cdots}}}} = \,\,3$

$$x^{x^{x^{\cdot^{\cdot^{\cdot}}}}} =\quad 2$$ This equation has the answer $\sqrt{2}$ by taking $\log$ to both side. This answer is correct because I'd proved it by computing the equation repeatedly ...
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Iterations $n, n^n, (n^n)^{(n^n)},…$

(Note: I'm reposting this, as I posted the original too late in the evening to gain anyone's notice.) A contest problem (#2 on the 2010 Virginia Tech Math Competition) proffers the solver the ...
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calculate value of $2^{3^{4^{5}}}/e^{10240}$

I am trying to calculate the value of $b=\dfrac{2^{3^{4^5}}}{e^{10240}}$. Is there any method to solve this efficiently?
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Transforming a power tower to a product

It is possible to write the product of a sequence of terms $a_i$ as a function of the sum of a sequence of functions of these terms: $$\prod_i a_i=f\left(\sum_i g(a_i)\right)$$ where $f=\exp$ and ...
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How to multiply two different numbers with different powers

How do you multiply and simplify: $\left(\frac{2}{3}\right)^{1/6}\cdot 18^{1/3}$? Simplify in surd form.
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Convergence of power towers

Let's define the sequence $\{s_n\}$ recursively as $$s_1=\sqrt2,\ \ \ s_{n+1}=\sqrt2^{\,s_n}.$$ Or, in other words, $$s_n=\underbrace{\sqrt2^{\sqrt2^{\ .^{\ .^{\ .^{\sqrt2}}}}}}_{n\ \text{levels}}.$$ ...
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Solving complicated double exponential relations

I have a table of values representing what I suspect to be a continuous function that looks like: $$f(x) = 2^{2^{ax+b}} + 2^{(-2)^{cx+d}} + k$$ I'm not entirely certain that this is correct, but I ...
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Precedence or powers - Is there more than one way

I'm developing a calculator and I've encountered this issue: 2222 which power should be calculated first, is there a way this could be solved from the left to the right, meaning 422 and so on.... I ...
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Double exponential Taylor series $\exp(-\exp(k-ex))$

k is real constant $\gt = 1$. Is $a_n$ for $f(x)$ positive, increasing, and $\lt 1$, where $n\lt= e^{k-1}$? $$f(x) = \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} a_n x^n = \exp(-\exp(k-ex))$$ $f(x)$ is the double ...
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Show that the iterated $\ln^{[n]}$ of tetration(x,n) is nowhere analytic

$$f(x) = \lim_{n\to \infty} \ln^{[n]} x \uparrow\uparrow n$$ The conjecture is that $f(x)$ is monotonic and infinitely differentiable at the real axis, but nowhere analytic; because at each point on ...
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x raised to itself infinite number of times [duplicate]

$$\Large x^{x^{x^{x^{x^{.^{\,.^{\,.}}}}}}} = 2$$ What is $x$?
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Find the last two digits of 9^(9^9) [duplicate]

I want to find the last two digits of $9^{9^9}$, that is $9$ raised to the power $9^9$. I tried using Euler's theorem but I can't make anything of it. As always, I ask only for a minor hint, not a ...
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Sufficient condition for an equivalence

What is a sufficient condition for the equivalence $$ a_1 \uparrow a_2 \uparrow ... \uparrow a_n \equiv a_1 \uparrow a_2 \uparrow ... \uparrow a_n \uparrow a_{n+1}\ mod(\ m)\ ? $$ In a closely ...
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Prime factors of a sum of special power towers

Denote $$x(n) = 2 \uparrow 3 \uparrow ... \uparrow n$$ and $$y(n) = n \uparrow (n-1) \uparrow ... \uparrow 3 \uparrow 2$$ Finally denote $$z(n) = x(n) + y(n)$$ So, the first few numbers z(n) ...
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Summation of $2^{(-2^{n})}$ [duplicate]

By the ratio test, I know that this series convernges: $\sum2^{(-2^{n})}$, in the limit $n$ goes to infinity. Probably to something close to $.8$ (if not equal to $.8$). The problem is, how do I ...
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What is the derivative of ${}^xx$

How would one find: $$\frac{\mathrm d}{\mathrm dx}{}^xx?$$ where ${}^ba$ is defined by $${}^ba\stackrel{\mathrm{def}}{=}\underbrace{ a^{a^{\cdot^{\cdot^{\cdot^a}}}}}_{\text{$b$ times}}$$ Work so ...
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Special power towers

Let $x(n)$ be the power tower $2 \uparrow 3 \uparrow 4 \uparrow \cdots \uparrow n$. Let $y(n)$ be the power tower $n \uparrow (n-1) \uparrow \cdots \uparrow 3 \uparrow 2$ My questions : Is there a ...
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Inverse function of $x\mapsto \sqrt[x]x$ on $\left[0,e^{-1}\right]$

Why is it, that the inverse of $\sqrt[x]x$ is given by the infinite power tower in $x\in[\frac1e;e]$, but not in $x\in[0;\frac1e]$? I know that the power tower diverges on that interval, but even if ...
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On the sequence $(f_n)$ defined by $f_1(x)=x$ and $f_{n+1}(x)=x^{f_n(x)}$

Consider the numbers $x^x$,$x^{(x^x)}$,$x^{(x^{(x^x)})}$, etc. Let $n$ be the number of times $x$ appears in the power tower and $f_n$ the corresponding function, for example ...
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Convergence of $a_n=(1/2)^{(1/3)^{…^{(1/n)}}}$

The sequence $a_n=(1/2)^{(1/3)^{...^{(1/n)}}}$ doesn't converge, but instead has two limits, for $a_{2n}$ and one for $a_{2n+1}$ (calculated by computer - they fluctuate by about 0.3 at around 0.67). ...
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What is wrong with this funny proof that 2 = 4 using infinite exponentiation?

Out of boredom, I decided to recall the following equation: $$x^{x^{x\cdots}} = 2.$$ Which, I simply rewrote like this: $x^2 = 2$, and therefore $x = \sqrt{2}$. Then I took a look at the more ...
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Question involving exponential tower of 19

Consider: $$ y = \underbrace{19^{19^{\cdot^{\cdot^{\cdot^{19}}}}}}_{101 \text{ times}} $$ with the tower containing a hundred $ 19$s. Take the sum of the digits of the resulting number. Again, add the ...
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Prove that $F_{2n}(x)=0$ has exactly one root in the interval $x\in(0,1),$ and this root $\to 0$ when $n \to \infty.$

Define $f_1(x)=x,f_2(x)=x^x,\dots f_{n+1}(x)=x^{f_n(x)}~(n\geq 1).$ Let $F_n(x)=f_n^{'}(x).$ Hence $F_1(x)=1, F_2(x)=x^x(1+\log(x))\dots.$ Prove that $F_{2n}(x)=0$ has exactly one root in the ...
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Fixed Point of $x_{n+1}=i^{x_n}$

For $x \in \Bbb C$, let $f(x)=i^x = \exp(i\pi x)$, where $i^2=-1$. Then find the fixed points for $f$. EDIT: Let for all $n\geq 1$ $$\large a_n=\underbrace{i^{i^{\cdots i}}}_{\text{$n$ times}}$$ My ...
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Can $x^{x^{x^x}}$ be a rational number?

If $x$ is a positive rational number, but not an integer, then can $x^{x^{x^x}}$ be a rational number ? We can prove that if $x$ is a positive rational number but not an integer, then $x^x$ can ...
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Calculating 7^7^7^7^7^7^7 mod 100

What is $$\large 7^{7^{7^{7^{7^{7^7}}}}} \pmod{100}$$ I'm not much of a number theorist and I saw this mentioned on the internet somewhere. Should be doable by hand.
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how to integrate $\int\underbrace{x^{x^{\cdot^{\cdot^x}}}}_ndx$

how to integrate $$\int\underbrace{x^{x^{\cdot^{\cdot^x}}}}_ndx$$ $\color{red}{\text{or how to calculate this integral when its bounded}}$ ...
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Limit involving power tower: $\lim\limits_{n\to\infty} \frac{n+1}n^{\frac n{n-1}^\cdots}$

What is the value of the following limit? $$\large \lim_{n \to \infty} \left(\frac{n+1}{n}\right)^{\frac{n}{n-1}^{\frac{n-1}{n-2}^{...}}}$$ In general what do limits of infinite decreasing numbers ...
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Close power towers

In another question I gave some ways to determine which of two power towers is larger, but my answer there is incomplete because it doesn't handle the case where two towers are very close at each ...
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Power tower inequality

I want to prove the following power tower inequality: $$ 3 \uparrow \uparrow 100 > 4 \uparrow \uparrow 99 $$ but I don't know how to do this. I think that induction will not work, because I think ...
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Calculating the residue of power towers

I want to calculate the residue of a power tower. How do I do that? For example, I want to know the answer to this: $$2 \uparrow\uparrow 10 \pmod{10^9}$$
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Complexity class of comparison of power towers

Consider the following decision problem: given two lists of positive integers $a_1, a_2, \dots, a_n$ and $b_1, b_2, \dots, b_m$ the task is to decide if $a_1^{a_2^{\cdot^{\cdot^{\cdot^{a_n}}}}} < ...