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# Logarithms

## In this chapter you must be able to

(i) understand the relationship between logarithms and indices, and use
the laws of logarithms (excluding change of base)
(ii) understand the definition and properties of ex and ln x, including the
relationship as inverse functions and their graphs

## Relationship between log and indices

Let x = a p ⇔ loga x = p ; y = a q ⇔ loga y = q
xy = a p . a q = a p + q ; log a xy = log a x + log a y
x ap x
= = a p−q ; log a = log a x − log a y
y aq y
x n = (ap )n = ap n = log a x n
= n log a x
log a a = 1 ; log a 1 = 0

x3
i) Express log in terms of log x and log y. (3logx − 12 logy)
y
ii) Express 3 log 8 − log 2 5 as a single logarithm.
1 (log5)
iii) Solve the equation log 6 x + log 6 ( x + 5) = 2 . (x = 4; x = −9(not acceptable))

Graphs of ex and ln x

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y
y

y = ln x
y=ex

## Note these two: (1) e ln x = x (2) ln e x = x

1 Solve for x
i) ex - 2 - 3e-x = 0 ( x = ln 3)
ii) e 3t + 2et = 3e2t (t = 0, ln 2)

2
−b
iii) - 2 ln x = b (x = e 2 )
iv) 3 ln x – ½ ln x = 5 (x = e2 )
v) ln x = 2 ( ln 3 - ln 5 ) ( x = 9 25)

vi) ak – ekx = 0 ( x = ln a )
vii)x ln x = e ( x = e, e −1 )
viii) 2 + 5 e − 4x = 3
t
ix) - ln x = 50
+c
1
x) ln x = (ln 16 + 2 ln 2) ( x = 4)
3
xi) ax = e 2x +1
xii) 2 (ln 2x) = 1 + ln a
( x = ± 2 ae )
1

xiii)32x = 42 – x
xiv)ex - 2e— x = 1

## 2 Solve the following equations giving x correct to 3 significant figures.

a) 7x . 8 2x - 1 = 6.3 ( x = 0.642)

b) 32x – 3x +2 + 8 = 0 ( x = 0 ; 1.893)
c) 2x = 3
d) 3x+1 = 18
e) 2x . 32x = 5 ( 0.5568)

3 Solve for x
a) ex ( 1 - 2x ) = 0
( x = 12)
b) e-x ( 1 + x ) = 0
−x
{e = 0 (not possible); x = −1}

## c) xex = ex ( dont cancel; x = 1)

d) ex - e-x = 6 (1.818)

## 4 By using a suitable substitution, solve the following equations:

ln 3
a) 2 2x - 5 . 2x + 6 = 0 (x = = 1.5849; x = 1)
ln 2

b) 32x + 1 + 32 = 3x + 3 + 3x ( x = −1; x = 2)

5 If y = ln ( 1 + 6x + 8x2 ) - ln ( 1 + 5x + 4x2 ) + ln ( 1+ x )- ln (1 + 2x ),
prove that y is independent of x.

## 6 Solve for x and y :

a) x - y = 1 ; 2x . 3y = 432

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b) log x + log y = log 10 ; log x - log y = log 2.5
c) 2x . 4- y = 2 ; 3- x . 92y = 3 ( x = 3, y = 1)
d) log x + log y = 1 ; log x - log y = log 2.5 ( x = 5, y = 2)
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e) x1/2 + y 2/3 = 6 ; x - 1/2
+y - 2/3
=¾ ( x = 16, y = 2 2 ; x = 4, y = 8)
f) log 2 (xy 2) = 4 ; log 2 x . log 2 y = 2 ( x = 4, y = 2)