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 7 months ago
I watched the Unit 1, Session 17 clip explaining why e is in fact "the most natural logarithmic function" but I still don't understand why or how it is... I don't know why it's just not clicking for me, I've read the notes for the clip and I still don't understand why/how it's more natural than any other base?
 7 months ago
I watched the Unit 1, Session 17 clip explaining why e is in fact "the most natural logarithmic function" but I still don't understand why or how it is... I don't know why it's just not clicking for me, I've read the notes for the clip and I still don't understand why/how it's more natural than any other base?

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phi
 7 months ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0The derivative of e^x is "simpler" than the derivative of b^x where b is any other base. So maybe that is enough to claim e is "more natural" But "e" crops up in the most amazing way, and seems very special. See http://www.khanacademy.org/math/algebra2/exponential_and_logarithmic_func/continuous_compounding/v/introductiontocompoundinterestande and http://www.khanacademy.org/math/integralcalculus/sequences_series_approx_calc/maclaurin_taylor/v/eulersformulaandeulersidentity
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