# What is logarithms a level maths?

## What is logarithms a level maths?

Logarithms can be used to help solve equations of the form ax = b by “taking logs of both sides”. Example. Solve 2x = 6. Then log(2x) = log(6) [we are allowed to take logs of both sides like this] x log(2) = log(6) [using one of the “laws of logs”]

## What are logarithms used for in math?

Logarithms are the inverse of exponents. A logarithm (or log) is the mathematical expression used to answer the question: How many times must one “base” number be multiplied by itself to get some other particular number?

How do you do logs in maths?

For example, the base ten logarithm of 100 is 2, because ten raised to the power of two is 100:

1. log 100 = 2. because.
2. 102 = 100. This is an example of a base-ten logarithm.
3. log2 8 = 3. because.
4. 23 = 8. In general, you write log followed by the base number as a subscript.
5. log.
6. log a = r.
7. ln.
8. ln a = r.

### Are logarithms hard?

Logarithms is one material that is difficult for students [1]. Other study revealed that students often see log notations as an object, not an operation[3]. Therefore, students often do cancelation on a logarithmic form. For example, ln (7x – 12) = 2 ln x, becomes(7x – 12) = 2x.

### Which is the most common logarithm in math?

Common Logarithms: Base 10. This usually means that the base is really 10. It is called a “common logarithm”. Engineers love to use it. On a calculator it is the “log” button. It is how many times we need to use 10 in a multiplication, to get our desired number.

How is a logarithm used to answer a question?

So a logarithm answers a question like this: The logarithm tells us what the exponent is! In that example the “base” is 2 and the “exponent” is 3: So the logarithm answers the question: (for one number to become another number)? Example: What is log10(100)? So an exponent of 2 is needed to make 10 into 100, and:

#### What does base mean on a logarithm calculator?

This usually means that the base is really 10. It is called a “common logarithm”. Engineers love to use it. On a calculator it is the “log” button.

#### Are there any decimal values in a logarithm?

Logarithms Can Have Decimals. All of our examples have used whole number logarithms (like 2 or 3), but logarithms can have decimal values like 2.5, or 6.081, etc.