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*To*: "'radsafe@romulus.ehs.uiuc.edu'" <radsafe@romulus.ehs.uiuc.edu>*Subject*: RE: Math trivia -Reply*From*: "Neil, David M" <neildm@id.doe.gov>*Date*: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 13:51:26 -0600

Better re-read your math text; I ran both equations empirically out to n = 1000 in a spreadsheet and (1+n)**1/n approaches 1 asymptotically from above, where (1 + 1/n)**n approaches e asymptotically from below. Dave Neil neildm@id.doe.gov > -----Original Message----- > From: ANTHONY F. ARMAGNO [SMTP:ARMAGAF@GWSMTP.NU.COM] > Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 1998 1:36 PM > To: Multiple recipients of list > Subject: Re: Math trivia -Reply > > Dear Diane, > Joan is correct in that e is a limit as n approaches zero, but her > equation > is different from the one I have in my math text, namely: > e = limit (1+n)**1/n > When I calculate a value of 1E-6 in my equation I get 2.718, when I > use the > same value in Joan's equation, I get 1.0001. Good luck. > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > ----------------------------------------------------------- > Anthony F. (Tony) Armagno > Northeast Utilities Millstone Station > Tele: (860) 437-2519 > E-Mail: armagaf@gwsmtp.nu.com > According to Cowboy Wisdom: There's more ways to skin a cat than > stickin' his > head in a boot jack and jerkin' on his tail!

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