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Re: Limits of Nested Expressions
*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
*Subject*: [mg80732] Re: [mg80718] Limits of Nested Expressions
*From*: Andrzej Kozlowski <akoz at mimuw.edu.pl>
*Date*: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 23:39:03 -0400 (EDT)
*References*: <200708300629.CAA08798@smc.twtelecom.net>
On 30 Aug 2007, at 07:29, Yaroslav Bulatov wrote:
> Is it possible to compute the following limit in Mathematica 6?
> Limit[Nest[Sqrt[5 + #]&, 5, n], n -> Infinity]
>
> It used to be possible through Calculus`Limit package, which seems to
> be gone
>
>
Fortunately this is not longer possible as it was one of the dumbest
ideas ever implemented in Mathematica (the Calculus`Limit package did
have a few tricks up its sleave but on the whole it was an
embarassment for WRI and it is a very good thing that it is gone).
It is trivial to find the Limit symbolically (after proving that it
exists):
First[x /. Solve[Sqrt[5 + x] == x, x]]
(1/2)*(1 + Sqrt[21])
Or numerically:
FixedPoint[N[Sqrt[5 + #1]] & , 5]
2.79128784747792
Andrzej Kozlowski
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