1. ## Am I right?

The question is:
State the domain of the function f(x) = log3 (x - 4)

I believe that the answer is all real number except 4.
Is this correct?

2. Originally Posted by iluvmathbutitshard
The question is:
State the domain of the function f(x) = log3 (x - 4)

I believe that the answer is all real number except 4.
Is this correct?
Nope try again.

It would be $(4,\infty)$

3. Originally Posted by iluvmathbutitshard
I believe that the answer is all real number except 4.Is this correct?
You have to remember that.....

$\log_a{b} = x \rightarrow a^{x} = b$

Then think about what $a^{x}$ will give me a negative number for b....none. You might think -1 or -2, but those are merely $a^{-1} = \frac{1}{a}$ and $a^{-2} = \frac{1}{a^{2}}$ and so on and so forth.

Similarly no x value will also give you 0, some might try zero, but $a^{0} = 1$

So you can see that the domain has to be restricted for positive values.

An easy way to find what values will work is

$x - 4 > 0$ and solve. Remember it cannot be 0 so it's a strict inequality.

If you are given numerous logs you can do the same for each and if you end up with a quadratic you can compare the solutions to see which fit the criteria.

Hopefully this helps.

4. Originally Posted by iluvmathbutitshard
The question is:
State the domain of the function f(x) = log3 (x - 4)

I believe that the answer is all real number except 4.
Is this correct?
no,the logarithm function is defined only in $\mathbb{R}^{+}$ $^{*}$