Prove that if a and b are the lengths of the legs and c is the length of hypotenuse of a right angle triangle, c-b not equal to 1; c+b not equal to 1 then$\displaystyle log_{c+b}a+log_{c-b}a=2log_{c+b}alog_{c-b}a$

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- Feb 17th 2013, 09:10 PMsachinrajsharmaRight angle triangle - logarithm problem
Prove that if a and b are the lengths of the legs and c is the length of hypotenuse of a right angle triangle, c-b not equal to 1; c+b not equal to 1 then$\displaystyle log_{c+b}a+log_{c-b}a=2log_{c+b}alog_{c-b}a$

- Feb 17th 2013, 10:22 PMearbothRe: Right angle triangle - logarithm problem
1. Use the base-change-formula: $\displaystyle \log_b(a)=\frac{\ln(a)}{\ln(b)}$

2. Your equation becomes:

$\displaystyle log_{c+b}a+log_{c-b}a=2log_{c+b}alog_{c-b}a~\implies~ \\ \\ \frac{\ln(a)}{\ln(c+b)}+\frac{\ln(a)}{\ln(c-b)}= 2 \cdot \frac{\ln(a)}{\ln(c+b)} \cdot \frac{\ln(a)}{\ln(c-b)}$

3. Divide through by ln(a) and multiply through by $\displaystyle \ln(c+b) \cdot \ln(c-b)$ . You'll get:

$\displaystyle \ln(c-b) + \ln(c+b) = 2\ln(a)$

Use laws of logarithms. You'll get:

$\displaystyle (c-b)(c+b)=a^2$

Expand and you'll get the Pythagorean theorem.