# plus and minus logs

• Nov 3rd 2009, 08:55 PM
realistic
plus and minus logs
http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/9256/logs3.jpgi can do the first one but the second one i cant seem to work it out
• Nov 3rd 2009, 11:25 PM
mr fantastic
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Originally Posted by realistic
http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/9256/logs3.jpgi can do the first one but the second one i cant seem to work it out

What base are you working to? That is an important omission on your part. Note that, for a > 0, $1 = \log_{a} a$ ....
• Nov 3rd 2009, 11:26 PM
realistic
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Originally Posted by mr fantastic
What base are you working to? That is an important omission on your part. Note that, for a > 0, $1 = \log_{a} a$ ....

thats how the question in the book is

log3−log10+1

wouldnt the answer just be log3?
• Nov 3rd 2009, 11:28 PM
mr fantastic
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Originally Posted by realistic
thats how the question in the book is

Well, if the base is 10 then you know that $\log 10 = 1$ and so the answer to the second question is plainly $\log 3$ since the 1's will cancel.
• Nov 3rd 2009, 11:30 PM
realistic
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Originally Posted by mr fantastic
Well, if the base is 10 then you know that $\log 10 = 1$ and so the answer to the second question is plainly $\log 3$ since the 1's will cancel.

ah yeah i see that but was not sure thanks for explaining it out