Last week I saw a neat “fun math fact” via a Matt Enlow tweet:
By happy coincidence my older son is studying Taylor Series this week, so I thought it would be fun to talk through the problem.
Here’s the introduction:
My son had some nice ideas about how to approach the problem in the last video, so next we went to the white board to work out the details:
Finally, I asked my son to finish up the details and then asked him for a sort of number theory proof of why 180 multiplied by an integer with all digits equal to 5 was always close to a power of 10:
Definitely a fun little problem – definitely accessible to students learning some introductory calculus.