The continued fraction expansion for the number e = 2.718281828459045.....
is [2;1,2,1,1,4,1,1,6,1,1,8,1,1,...].
How many terms are required to get 4 decimal places (2.718) correct?
Please teach me how to solve this question. Thank you very much.
The continued fraction expansion for the number e = 2.718281828459045.....
is [2;1,2,1,1,4,1,1,6,1,1,8,1,1,...].
How many terms are required to get 4 decimal places (2.718) correct?
Please teach me how to solve this question. Thank you very much.
That is a classical expansion by Euler (sadly not even I know the proof).
But I hope you are asking not to prove it but to get 4 decimals?
Using a well-known inequlality from continued fractions:
|x-p_n/q_n|<=(1/q_n)^2
In order to get 4 decimal points we require that,
(1/q_n)^2<=.0001
Equivalently,
1/q_n<=.0316
Thus,
q_n>=31.62
Thus,
q_n>=32
That is the smallest "n" that makes the denominator of the convergent at least 32.