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Finding the value of a common logarithm mentally

Evaluate y = log ( 1000 ) without using a calculator.

First we rewrite the logarithm in exponential form: 10 y = 1000. Next, we ask, “To what exponent must 10 be raised in order to get 1000?” We know

10 3 = 1000

Therefore, log ( 1000 ) = 3.

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Evaluate y = log ( 1, 000, 000 ) .

log ( 1 , 000 , 000 ) = 6

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Given a common logarithm with the form y = log ( x ) , evaluate it using a calculator.

  1. Press [LOG] .
  2. Enter the value given for x , followed by [ ) ] .
  3. Press [ENTER] .

Finding the value of a common logarithm using a calculator

Evaluate y = log ( 321 ) to four decimal places using a calculator.

  • Press [LOG] .
  • Enter 321 , followed by [ ) ] .
  • Press [ENTER] .

Rounding to four decimal places, log ( 321 ) 2.5065.

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Evaluate y = log ( 123 ) to four decimal places using a calculator.

log ( 123 ) 2.0899

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Rewriting and solving a real-world exponential model

The amount of energy released from one earthquake was 500 times greater than the amount of energy released from another. The equation 10 x = 500 represents this situation, where x is the difference in magnitudes on the Richter Scale. To the nearest thousandth, what was the difference in magnitudes?

We begin by rewriting the exponential equation in logarithmic form.

10 x = 500 log ( 500 ) = x Use the definition of the common log .

Next we evaluate the logarithm using a calculator:

  • Press [LOG] .
  • Enter 500 , followed by [ ) ] .
  • Press [ENTER] .
  • To the nearest thousandth, log ( 500 ) 2.699.

The difference in magnitudes was about 2.699.

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The amount of energy released from one earthquake was 8,500 times greater than the amount of energy released from another. The equation 10 x = 8500 represents this situation, where x is the difference in magnitudes on the Richter Scale. To the nearest thousandth, what was the difference in magnitudes?

The difference in magnitudes was about 3.929.

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Using natural logarithms

The most frequently used base for logarithms is e . Base e logarithms are important in calculus and some scientific applications; they are called natural logarithms . The base e logarithm, log e ( x ) , has its own notation, ln ( x ) .

Most values of ln ( x ) can be found only using a calculator. The major exception is that, because the logarithm of 1 is always 0 in any base, ln 1 = 0. For other natural logarithms, we can use the ln key that can be found on most scientific calculators. We can also find the natural logarithm of any power of e using the inverse property of logarithms.

Definition of the natural logarithm

A natural logarithm    is a logarithm with base e . We write log e ( x ) simply as ln ( x ) . The natural logarithm of a positive number x satisfies the following definition.

For x > 0 ,

y = ln ( x )  is equivalent to  e y = x

We read ln ( x ) as, “the logarithm with base e of x ” or “the natural logarithm of x .

The logarithm y is the exponent to which e must be raised to get x .

Since the functions y = e x and y = ln ( x ) are inverse functions, ln ( e x ) = x for all x and e = ln ( x ) x for x > 0.

Given a natural logarithm with the form y = ln ( x ) , evaluate it using a calculator.

  1. Press [LN] .
  2. Enter the value given for x , followed by [ ) ] .
  3. Press [ENTER] .

Questions & Answers

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For the first question, I got (3y-2)/15 Second one, I got Root 2 Third one, I got 1/(y to the fourth power) I dont if it's right cause I can barely understand the question.
Is under distribute property, inverse function, algebra and addition and multiplication function; so is a combined question
Abena
find the equation of the line if m=3, and b=-2
Ashley Reply
graph the following linear equation using intercepts method. 2x+y=4
Ashley
how
Wargod
what?
John
ok, one moment
UriEl
how do I post your graph for you?
UriEl
it won't let me send an image?
UriEl
also for the first one... y=mx+b so.... y=3x-2
UriEl
y=mx+b you were already given the 'm' and 'b'. so.. y=3x-2
Tommy
Please were did you get y=mx+b from
Abena
y=mx+b is the formula of a straight line. where m = the slope & b = where the line crosses the y-axis. In this case, being that the "m" and "b", are given, all you have to do is plug them into the formula to complete the equation.
Tommy
thanks Tommy
Nimo
0=3x-2 2=3x x=3/2 then . y=3/2X-2 I think
Given
co ordinates for x x=0,(-2,0) x=1,(1,1) x=2,(2,4)
neil
"7"has an open circle and "10"has a filled in circle who can I have a set builder notation
Fiston Reply
x=-b+_Гb2-(4ac) ______________ 2a
Ahlicia Reply
I've run into this: x = r*cos(angle1 + angle2) Which expands to: x = r(cos(angle1)*cos(angle2) - sin(angle1)*sin(angle2)) The r value confuses me here, because distributing it makes: (r*cos(angle2))(cos(angle1) - (r*sin(angle2))(sin(angle1)) How does this make sense? Why does the r distribute once
Carlos Reply
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abdikarin
this is an identity when 2 adding two angles within a cosine. it's called the cosine sum formula. there is also a different formula when cosine has an angle minus another angle it's called the sum and difference formulas and they are under any list of trig identities
Brad
strategies to form the general term
carlmark
consider r(a+b) = ra + rb. The a and b are the trig identity.
Mike
How can you tell what type of parent function a graph is ?
Mary Reply
generally by how the graph looks and understanding what the base parent functions look like and perform on a graph
William
if you have a graphed line, you can have an idea by how the directions of the line turns, i.e. negative, positive, zero
William
y=x will obviously be a straight line with a zero slope
William
y=x^2 will have a parabolic line opening to positive infinity on both sides of the y axis vice versa with y=-x^2 you'll have both ends of the parabolic line pointing downward heading to negative infinity on both sides of the y axis
William
y=x will be a straight line, but it will have a slope of one. Remember, if y=1 then x=1, so for every unit you rise you move over positively one unit. To get a straight line with a slope of 0, set y=1 or any integer.
Aaron
yes, correction on my end, I meant slope of 1 instead of slope of 0
William
what is f(x)=
Karim Reply
I don't understand
Joe
Typically a function 'f' will take 'x' as input, and produce 'y' as output. As 'f(x)=y'. According to Google, "The range of a function is the complete set of all possible resulting values of the dependent variable (y, usually), after we have substituted the domain."
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GREAT ANSWER THOUGH!!!
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Thanks.
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Now it shows, go figure?
Thomas
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lol...it gets better
Darius
I've been struggling so much through all of this. my final is in four weeks 😭
Tiffany
this book is an excellent resource! have you guys ever looked at the online tutoring? there's one that is called "That Tutor Guy" and he goes over a lot of the concepts
Darius
thank you I have heard of him. I should check him out.
Tiffany
is there any question in particular?
Joe
I have always struggled with math. I get lost really easy, if you have any advice for that, it would help tremendously.
Tiffany
Sure, are you in high school or college?
Darius
Hi, apologies for the delayed response. I'm in college.
Tiffany
how to solve polynomial using a calculator
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