We have already used Maple to compute the sum of the first six terms in the series that models our block-stacking strategy. Now let's compute the sum of the first ten terms:
Although this shows you the power of Maple's exact rational number arithmetic, this really isn't getting us any closer to a solution. Why can't we simply keep computing larger and larger sums as a means to finding the limit?
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We can solve both of the problems that we just identified through the use of Maple's built-in functions. We'll first explore the idea of built-in functions, and then we'll be prepared to apply built-in functions to the problem at hand.