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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Logarithms; What Fun

Can you sense my sarcasm? Oh, logarithms aren't so bad, really. I mean no sarcasm. We just need practice right? Well, what's a better way to start the week, than with a one period math class? We started class with eight questions given to us on the board; all to solve for x.

a) 2x = 3
b) 43x = 2
c) ux = v
d) a = bcx
e) log5x = -2
f) log3x = π
g) y = log43x
h) v = logbcx


a) x = log23 OR log3/log2

How we get log3/log2 :

2x = 3
log2x = log3
xlog2 = log3
x = log3/log2 [divide each side by log2]

b)The way I solved this problem was to change 4 as a power of 2.

22(3x) = 2
2(3x) = 1
6x = 1
x = 1/6

Mr. K, then showed us other ways to solve b.

log42 = 3x
(1/3)log42 = 3x(1/3)
(1/3)log42 = x
log42(1/3) = x
log43√2 = x


43x = 2
log43x = log2
3xlog4 = log2
(1/3)3x = log2/log4(1/3)
x = log2/3log4
x = log2/log43

c) x = loguv OR logv/logu [it's exactly like question a), but with letters instead of numbers]

d) a/b = cx
logc(a/b) = x
logca - logcb = x

e) log5x = -2
x = 5-2
x = 1/25

f) x = 3π

g) y = log43x
log43x = y [I just switch sides because it seems less confusing for me with the x on the left side]
3x = 4y
x = 4y/3

h) logbcx = v
cx = bv
x = bv/c

So then we were given 3 questions to simplify:

a) 7log74
b) 2log25
c) 4log2[2(log25)]

So first, we always have to remember a logarithm is an exponent. Let's use a different example. If given log232, we'd know that the exponent is 5. 32 would be the result of 2(our base number) to the power of an exponent, and in this case it would be 5.

25 = 32

Then we can say that log232 is just another way to say 5. So if we were given 2log232 , it would be like saying 25, which is 32.

2log232 = 25

= 32

So if given different numbers, like 3log35, it would be stating that 3 to the power of a certain number, will result in 5.

3x = 5

So, 3x is a certain number itself, which is equivalent to log35 OR x, and will result in getting 5 in this given question.

If 3x = 5 then log35 = x THEREFORE 3log35 = 5 is the same as 3x = 5

I think that's how it goes. I hope I explained that right, but i think I may have just confused you guys even more. If that's still a bit vague, you can always just distiguish the pattern. If the base number is equilvalent to the base number attached to log, then the bigger number [sorry, I don't know the proper terminology], will be your answer.

alogab = b

EX. 6log68 = 8

So, the answers would be:

a) 7log74 = 4
b) 2log25 = 5

c) 4log2[2(log25)] = 4log25 [2log25 is just 5, using the pattern we


= (22)(log25) [we change 4 as a power of 2]




After that, we were given:


logam = logcm/logca

EX. log37 = log7/log3


Mr. K then gave us two questions to work on, but we only had time to answer one.

1. log (x+6) + log(x-6) = 2

log (x+6)(x-6) = 2

log(x2-36) = 2

102 = x2-36 [I'm not 100% sure if that's how they relate or not]

100 = x2-36

0 = x2-136

0 = (x-√136)(x+√136)

x = √136 [accept] AND x = -√136 [reject]

2. [We didn't get to finish this question]

1/2loga(x+2) + 1/2loga(x-2) = 2/3loga27

Our homework is seven questions that's posted on the blog. Yay, I'm done my scribe! Marc, you're the next scribe. Have fun with covering two classes. =)

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At 5/24/2006 12:28 AM, Blogger Mr. Kuropatwa said...

Great scribe post Jessica! You used colour in a meaningful way to explain a pattern that is difficult to recognize. You also gave very detailed notes and step-by-step solutions to the problems we did in class today.

For all this your scribe post has been inducted into The Scribe Post Hall Of Fame.


BTW, the green text:
x = 3^x = log(base 3)5

Should be written:
If 3^x = 5 then log(base 3)5 = x

It's an easy fix if you want to go back and edit it. Especially for a Hall of Famer like you. ;-)

At 5/24/2006 10:20 AM, Blogger Mr. H said...

Great post. I like your use of colour to seperate the ideas and concepts. Since this unit does not create concepts that could be illustrated in paint could you find websites out there on the web that reinforce the topic you are scribing about. A practice quiz or more info about logs (not the tree variety:-)

Sometimes it is hard to find a way to spice up a scribe. Your use of colour was great...is there more that you could do???

Mr. Harbeck
Sargent Park School

At 5/24/2006 8:22 PM, Blogger Lani said...

Hi Jessica,

Congratulations on your Hall of Fame post!!

Thanks for taking time to use such detail in your explanations!



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