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**Publication Date:**2008-Jul

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Monotonicity and Logarithmic Concavity of Two Functions Involving Exponential Function

Liu, Ai-Qi; Li, Guo-Fu; Guo, Bai-Ni; Qi, Feng

International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v39 n5 p686-691 Jul 2008

The function 1 divided by "x"[superscript 2] minus "e"[superscript"-x"] divided by (1 minus "e"[superscript"-x"])[superscript 2] for "x" greater than 0 is proved to be strictly decreasing. As an application of this monotonicity, the logarithmic concavity of the function "t" divided by "e"[superscript "at"] minus "e"[superscript"(a-1)""t"] for "a" as an element of the set of real numbers and "t" as an element of (0,infinity) is verified. The possible origin and background of the function (*) are revealed to be related to theta("x") = integral[superscript infinity;subscript 0](1 divided by "e"[superscript "t"] minus 1, minus 1 divided by "t" plus 1 divided by 2)"e"[superscript "-xt"] divided by "t" times "dt," the remainder of Binet's formula. Some applications of above results to the difference of theta(x) are noted.

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Equations (Mathematics), Computation, Mathematical Formulas, Validity, Mathematical Logic, Sequential Approach, Intervals

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