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    Quick algebra question (logs)

    How do I evaluate this expression?
    z^log k
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    Quote Originally Posted by reynardin View Post
    How do I evaluate this expression?
    z^log k
    Is that z^{\log_{10}(k)}?

    If so The only way I can see that you can simplify this.

    z^{log_{10}(k)}=z^{\frac{\log_z(k)}{log_z(10)}}=\b  igg(z^{\log_z(k)}\bigg)^{\log_z(10)}=k^{\log_z(10)  }

    I cannot really see much else
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    ah, i figured out why i was having trouble. it was z^log base z of k, with the z in microprint..
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    Quote Originally Posted by reynardin View Post
    ah, i figured out why i was having trouble. it was z^log base z of k, with the z in microprint..
    Ok..just in case though

    z^{\log_z(k)}=k

    This is due to the fact that \log_z(u(x)) and z^{u(x)} are inverses

    and by definition f(f^{-1}(u(x))=u(x)

    This is true in this case but not always

    For example consider x^2 and \sqrt{x}
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    Ok, another math question:
    using the values \log_3(5)=1.4650<br />
and \log_3(2)=.6309, how would I solve log_3(45)

    I get as far as \log_3(5)+\log_3(9), but I don't know what to do next.

    heck, how do I use the give value of a log with something like log_3(1.2)
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    Quote Originally Posted by reynardin View Post
    Ok, another math question:
    using the values \log_3(5)=1.4650<br />
and \log_3(2)=.6309, how would I solve log_3(45)

    I get as far as \log_3(5)+\log_3(9), but I don't know what to do next.

    heck, how do I use the give value of a log with something like log_3(1.2)
    Ok you were good as you were

    but you must see that \log_3(5)+\log_3(9)=\log_3(5)+\log_3(3^2)= \log_3(5)+2\log(3)=1.4560+2

    and for the second one

    \log_3(1.2)=\log_3\bigg(\frac{6}{5}\bigg)=\log_3(6  )-\log_3(5)= \log_3(3\cdot{2})-\log_3(5)=\log_3(3)+\log_3(2)-\log_3(5)=1+.6309-1.4560=.1749
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    thanks for being such a huge help =) I'm actually starting to get this stuff now. Still got a bit to go though... about 9 problems left that I don't understand. Can I hit them off you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by reynardin View Post
    thanks for being such a huge help =) I'm actually starting to get this stuff now. Still got a bit to go though... about 9 problems left that I don't understand. Can I hit them off you?
    Of course...I wouldnt come on here if I wasnt in the mood to be "hit off of"
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    thanks!
    ok,
    1/6=6^{n+4}
    I know the answer is n=-5, but I don't know how to do the intermediate steps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reynardin View Post
    thanks!
    ok,
    1/6=6^{n+4}
    I know the answer is n=-5, but I don't know how to do the intermediate steps.
    The key to these is get the bases the same

    So rewriting we get \frac{1}{6}=6^{-1}=6^{n+4}

    taking the \log_6 of both sides we get

    -1=n+5\Rightarrow{n=-5}
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    Ah.. i get it now. 1 down, 8 to go =)

    \log_5(X)=\bigg(\frac{1}{2}\bigg)\log_5(25)

    If I understand correctly, should that turn into
    \log_5(X)=\log_5(25^\frac{1}{2})?
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    Quote Originally Posted by reynardin View Post
    Ah.. i get it now. 1 down, 8 to go =)

    \log_5(X)=\bigg(\frac{1}{2}\bigg)\log_5(25)

    If I understand correctly, should that turn into
    \log_5(X)=\log_5(25^\frac{1}{2})?
    Yes exactly

    So using that we get \log_5(x)=\log_5(\sqrt{25})=\log_5(5)=1

    So now we see that \log_5(5)=1

    There are two ways of looking at this...the direct way

    5^{\log_5(x)}=5^1\Rightarrow{x=5}

    or also noting that the only number that makes \log_b equal to one is b...so since we have \log_5(x)=1 the only value that makes this true is the base value which is 5
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    yay!

    Ok, for this one though, I don't really know where to start:
    \log_2(2X+6)-\log_2(X)=3

    Just give me enough to get me started, I don't want the whole problem done for me =)
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    Quote Originally Posted by reynardin View Post
    yay!

    Ok, for this one though, I don't really know where to start:
    \log_2(2X+6)-\log_2(X)=3

    Just give me enough to get me started, I don't want the whole problem done for me =)
    Good! That is the spirit!

    Consider \log_2(2x+6)-\log_2(x)=\log_2\bigg(\frac{2x+6}{x}\bigg)
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    hm, from there I get to 2^2 = \frac{6}{x} Good so far?
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