# Thread: express in terms log(x) log(y)

1. ## express in terms log(x) log(y)

the question is...

$\frac{1}{2}log(\frac{\sqrt{x}}{xy})$

my attempt...

$\frac{1}{2}log\sqrt{x}-\frac{1}{2}log(xy)$

$log{x}-\frac{1}{2}log(xy)$

the bit what i was unsire about was the sqrt

many thanks

2. Note that $\sqrt x = x^{\frac{1}{2}}$

Also note that $log(xy) = log(x)+log(y)$

So to start, I would say:

$=\frac{1}{2}log(x^\frac{1}{2})-\frac{1}{2}Log(xy)$

How would you continue to simplify?

3. im geting a bit confused with the simplifying.

do i remove the 1/2 by multipying by 2?

and im unsure how i would bring the x of the xy to the other side?

4. Let's split this up and simplify the

$\frac{1}{2}log(x^\frac{1}{2})$ first.

Do you recall that

$Log(a^b)=b\times log(a)$?

How would you apply that rule here?

Now let's look at:

$-\frac{1}{2}log(xy)$

$= -\frac{1}{2} [log(xy)]$

Now, to simplify this, why not just apply the

rule?

5. $\frac{1}{2}(-\frac{1}{2}log(x)+log(y))$ ?

6. Edit, nevermind, will edit in a sec.

7. $
=\frac{1}{2}\times\frac{1}{2}Log(x)-\frac{1}{2}[Log(x)+Log(y)]
$

$=\frac{1}{4}Log(x)-\frac{1}{2}log(x)-\frac{1}{2}Log(y)$

$=\frac{1}{2}[\frac{1}{2}Log(x)-Log(x)-Log(y)]$

$=\frac{1}{2}[-\frac{1}{2}Log(x)-Log(y)]$

I think that this is correct, I'll check in a second. So you just made a sign error somewhere.

Edit: I've checked, and it seems that I am correct. I must apologize for the late reply - I was caught on my PC when I should have been asleep, so I was forced to turn it off abrutly.

8. thank you for your help