I have a TI-83 Plus and I don't know how to make, say: "log 1/3" where the "1/3" is sub to the "log".

Any help?

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- Jul 7th 2008, 01:26 PMmankvill"Sub" Logarithmic Equations
I have a TI-83 Plus and I don't know how to make, say: "log 1/3" where the "1/3" is sub to the "log".

Any help? - Jul 7th 2008, 01:30 PMo_O
First off you have to take the log of

*something*, ex.: $\displaystyle \log_{\frac{1}{3}}{\color{blue}56}$

As for inputing different logarithmic bases into your calculator, here's a useful property:

$\displaystyle \log_{{\color{blue}a}}{\color{red}b} = \frac{\log_{c} {\color{red}b}}{\log_{c} \color{blue}a}$ where c can be any number.

So for your calculator, you'll either be considering c = 10 (denoted just log on the calculator) or c = e (where $\displaystyle \ln(x) = \log_{e} (x)$)

Example:

$\displaystyle \log_{2}(19) = \frac{\ln(19)}{\ln(2)} = \frac{\log(19)}{\log(2)}$ (base 10 is implied). - Jul 7th 2008, 01:31 PMmankvill
...so what buttons do I push to put in the sub? (Doh)

- Jul 7th 2008, 01:35 PMo_O
Don't know if you saw my edited post but I posted an example.

- Jul 7th 2008, 01:36 PMmankvill
Oh, I didn't see that.

I understand now! Thanks a ton. (Rock)