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    log wiki question

    The following formula comes from the wiki here on the constant "e"





    where they substitute u=h/x in the last step for the 3rd equation. i've been grinding away, but can't figure out how they ended with that they went from the second equation to the third...i feel like i'm missing something obvious... any help would be greatly appreciated!
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    Hello phish

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    Quote Originally Posted by phish View Post
    The following formula comes from the wiki here on the constant "e"





    where they substitute u=h/x in the last step for the 3rd equation. i've been grinding away, but can't figure out how they ended with that they went from the second equation to the third...i feel like i'm missing something obvious... any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Using the laws of logarithms in the numerator:

    \lim_{h \to 0}\frac{\log_a(x+h) -\log_a(x)}{h}=\lim_{h \to 0}\frac{\log_a\left(\dfrac{x+h}{x}\right)}{h}
    =\lim_{h \to 0}\frac{\log_a\left(1+\dfrac{h}{x}\right)}{h}
    Now when we substitute u = \frac{h}{x}, note that, in the context of this limit, it is h that is the variable and x a constant. So as h \to 0, u \to 0; and, of course, h = ux. So we get:
    =\lim_{u \to 0}\frac{\log_a(1+u)}{ux}
    and, taking out the constant x from the limit gives us the desired result:
    =\frac{1}{x}\Big(\lim_{u \to 0}\frac{1}{u}\log_a(1+u)\Big)
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