NATURAL LOGARITHMS -- DEFINITION, SOLVED EXAMPLES, EXERCISES, LINKS TO FURTHER STUDY

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Definition of Natural logarithm :

Unlike common Logarithm for
which the base is an integer (10),
the base of natural logarithm is
an irrational number.

This irrational number denoted by 'e'
is not a surd.

e is defined as the sum of the infinite series
e = 1 + 1⁄1! + 1⁄2! + 1⁄3! + 1⁄4! + .....
where, ! stands for factorial
(n! = product of natural numbers from 1 upto n)

The value of e = 2.71828.... which is a
non-terminating and non-repeating decimal.

In calculus, unless otherwise mentioned,
the base of logarithm is always e.

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Solved Example 1 of Natural Logarithms :

If loga bc = x, logb ca = y, logc ab = z,
then prove that 1⁄(x + 1) + 1⁄(y + 1) + 1⁄(z + 1) = 1.

Solution to Example 1 of Natural Logarithms :

By data, loga bc = x
By converting from Logarithmic Form to Exponential Form (See Formula 1), we get
ax = bc
Multiplying both sides with a, we get
a x ax = a x bcax + 1 = abc
By converting from Exponential Form to Logarithmic Form (See Formula 1), we get
x + 1 = loga abc
Taking reciprocals, we get
Reciprocal of L.H.S. = 1⁄(x + 1);
Reciprocal of R.H.S. = 1⁄(loga abc)
We know, the reciprocal of the log of a quantity to a base is equal to the log with the quantity and the base interchanged.(See Formula 10)
∴ Reciprocal of R.H.S. = logabc a
∴ 1⁄(x + 1) = logabc a.......(i)

Next two paragraphs are repetition of the procedure in the above paragraph with variables changed. You can use the word 'Similarly' and write Equations (ii) and (iii) directly. But I am givingbelow the repititions.Two more repetitions of the Application ofFormula 1 (both ways) and Formula 10 will help you rememberthem.

By data, logb ca = y
By converting from logarithmic form to exponential form (See Formula 1), we get
by = ca
Multiplying both sides with b, we get
b x by = b x caby + 1 = bca = abc
By converting from Exponential Form to Logarithmic Form (See Formula 1), we get
y + 1 = logb abc
Taking reciprocals, we get
Reciprocal of L.H.S. = 1⁄(y + 1)
Reciprocal of R.H.S. = 1⁄(logb abc)
We know, the reciprocal of the log of a quantity to a base is equal to the log with the quantity and the base interchanged.(See Formula 10)
∴ Reciprocal of R.H.S. = logabc b
∴ 1⁄(y + 1) = logabc b .......(ii)

By data, logc ab = z
By converting from logarithmic form to exponential form (See Formula 1), we get
cz = ab
Multiplying both sides with c, we get
c x cz = c x abcz + 1 =ca b = abc
By converting from Exponential Form to Logarithmic Form (See Formula 1), we get
z + 1 = logc abc
Taking reciprocals, we get
Reciprocal of L.H.S. = 1⁄(z + 1)
Reciprocal of R.H.S. = 1⁄(logc abc)
We know, the reciprocal of the log of a quantity to a base is equal to the log with the quantity and the base interchanged.(See Formula 10)
∴ Reciprocal of R.H.S. = logabc c
∴ 1⁄(z + 1) = logabc c .......(iii)

(i) + (ii) + (iii) gives
1⁄(x + 1) + 1⁄(y + 1) + 1⁄(z + 1) = logabc a + logabc b + logabc c
= logabc abc
We know log of a quantity to the same base is 1. (See Formula 4)
∴ 1⁄(x + 1) + 1⁄(y + 1) + 1⁄(z + 1) = 1. (proved.)





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Solved Example 2 of Natural Logarithms :

If x = log 2a a, y = log 3a 2a, z = log 4a 3a,
then prove that 1 + xyz = 2yz

Solution to Example 2 of Natural Logarithms :

We know, log of a quantity to a base can be written asthe ratio of log of the quantity and log of the base.(See Formula 8)
x = log 2a a = (log a)⁄(log 2a)
y = log 3a 2a = (log 2a)⁄(log 3a)
z = log 4a 3a = (log 3a)⁄(log 4a)
xyz = {(log a)⁄(log 2a)}{(log 2a)⁄(log 3a)}{(log 3a)⁄(log 4a)}
= (log a)⁄(log 4a)
We know, log of a quantity to a base can be written asthe ratio of log of the quantity and log of the base.(See Formula 8)
Considering the reverse, the ratio of logs of two quantities can be written as a single log with the denominator quantity as base.
xyz = log 4a a
Now to prove 1 + xyz = 2yz
L.H.S. = 1 + xyz = 1 + (log a)⁄(log 4a) = {(log 4a) + (log a)}⁄(log 4a)
We know, log of a product can be written as the sum of the logs of the factors of the product (See Formula 5)
Considering the reverse, the sum of the logs of different quantitiescan be written as log of product of the quantities.
∴ L.H.S. = {log (4a x a)}⁄(log 4a) = {log (4a2)}⁄(log 4a)
= {log (4a2)}⁄(log 4a) = {log (2a)2}⁄(log 4a)
We know, in log of a power (See Formula 7), the exponent multiplies the log.
∴ L.H.S. = {2 log (2a)}⁄(log 4a)
R.H.S. = 2yz = 2 {(log 2a)⁄(log 3a)}{(log 3a)⁄(log 4a)}
= 2 (log 2a)⁄(log 4a)
∴ L.H.S. = R.H.S. (proved.)

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Exercise : Natural Logarithms

Solve the following problems on Natural Logarithms :

  1. Find the value of (i) log243 9 (ii) log3 √(243)
  2. If (3.4)x = (0.034)y = 10000,
    show that 1⁄x - 1⁄y = 1⁄2

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Answers to problems on Natural Logarithms :

(1) (i) 2⁄5 (ii) 5⁄2