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Find the maximum among .

Consider the function . We employ standard techniques to compute the maxima.

Take logarithm on both sides we have . Next find out the derivative:

Since is always positive for positive x and so is sign of the derivative depends only on (1-logx). Hence the derivative is 0 at x = e (2.71 approximately), positive before that and negative after that. Hence the function has a maxima at x = e.

We check the values at x=2 and x=3 and easy computations show that . Hence is the largest value.

**Special Note**

One may ask for a non calculus proof of this problem. The basic idea is to understand that the inequality

It is easy to show that the quantity lies within 2 and 3 for all values of n. Hence the inequality is true for n > 3. The result follows.