MAT 1375 Precalculus – Spring 2013 – Ganguli

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  • Math Club talk - "Calculating e"
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    Suman Ganguli

    Since we have been talking about expoential functions, and in particular f(x) = e^x, you should try to attend this talk tomorrow:

    Title: “Calculating Euler’s Number e=2.71828…”
    Speaker: Dr. Thomas Johnstone (NYCCT, CUNY)
    Date/Room: Thursday April 25, 2013, 12:45-2pm, Namm N719

    Abstract: Euler’s number e, approximately equal to 2.71828, was first discovered by Jacob Bernoulli in the late 17th century while studying a question about compound interest. We shall prove Bernoulli’s breakthrough result that expressed e as the limit of the infinite sequence (1+1/n)^n as n approaches infinity. We’ll also discuss the significance of Euler’s number e in Calculus: choosing e as the base of the exponential function a^x, rather than any other base, makes calculations for derivatives of exponential and logarithmic functions particularly simple.

    Pizza and refreshments will be served at 12:45pm, and the talk will start at 1pm sharp.

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