[Edu-sig] introducing euler's number

kirby urner kirby.urner at gmail.com
Thu Dec 3 21:03:51 EST 2015

```Again from tonight's class prep.

Such scripts might be useful exhibits if you're still trying to get
approval to move beyond a TI calculator in math class.  Playing with
extended precision helps bring the concepts of limits and convergence alive.

My students are employed adults so winning such approval is a non-issue.
But then I ask them to imagine themselves back in school, with Python a
tool of choice in math class.  Wouldn't that have been great!?

Kirby

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
"""
Created on Thu Dec  3 16:40:46 2015

See:  http://www.miniwebtool.com/first-n-digits-of-e/?number=300

@author: kurner

LAB:

Write a unittest to confirm convergence to e to 300 places.
after n steps.
"""

import unittest

from decimal import *

def euler(n):
n = Decimal(n)
one = Decimal(1)
return (one + one/n) ** n

class Test_e(unittest.TestCase):

def test_outcome(self):
expected = ('2.718281828459045235360287471352662'
'49775724709369995957496696762772407'
'66303535475945713821785251664274274'
'66391932003059921817413596629043572'
'90033429526059563073813232862794349'
'07632338298807531952510190115738341'
'87930702154089149934884167509244761'
'46066808226480016847741185374234544'
'2437107539077744992069')
with localcontext() as c:
c.prec = 400
result = euler('1' + '0' * 301)

self.assertEqual(str(result)[:len(expected)], expected)

if __name__ == "__main__":
unittest.main()
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