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Moll, Victor H., 1956-
Numbers and functions : from a classical-experimental mathematician's point of view / Victor H. Moll
Providence, R.I. : American Mathematical Society, c2012
book jacket
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 4th Floor  QA331 .M72 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Functions -- Textbooks
Calculus -- Textbooks
Physical Description xxiii, 504 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 473-491) and index
Contents The number systems -- Factorials and binomial coefficients -- The Fibonacci numbers -- Polynomials -- Binomial sums -- Catalan numbers -- The Stirling numbers of the second kind -- Rational functions -- Wallis' formula -- Farey fractions -- The exponential function -- Trigonometric functions -- Bernoulli polynomials -- A sample of classical polynomials: Legendre, Chebyshev, and Hermite -- Landen transformations -- Three special functions
Summary New mathematics often comes about by probing what is already known. Mathematicians will change the parameters in a familiar calculation or explore the essential ingredients of a classic proof. Almost magically, new ideas emerge from this process. This book examines elementary functions, such as those encountered in calculus courses, from this point of view of experimental mathematics. The focus is on exploring the connections between these functions and topics in number theory and combinatorics. There is also an emphasis throughout the book on how current mathematical software can be used to discover and prove interesting properties of these functions. The book provides a transition between elementary mathematics and more advanced topics, trying to make this transition as smooth as possible. Many topics occur in the book, but they are all part of a bigger picture of mathematics. By delving into a variety of them, the reader will develop this broad view. The large collection of problems is an essential part of the book. The problems vary from routine verifications of facts used in the text to the exploration of open questions
NOTE 531124
Series Student mathematical library ; v. 65

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