PROPERTIES OF LOGARITHMS -- PROOFS AND EXPLANATIONS OF FORMULAS, LINKS FOR FURTHER STUDY

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Introduction to Logarithms before Properties of Logarithms

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There we discussed the need for extension
of Exponents and introduction to the new
branch of study called Logarithms.

It is a prerequisite here.





Proofs and Explanations for
Formulas in Logarithms :

Proof and Explanation of Formula 1 :
Properties of Logarithms

Formula from definition of Logarithm:

ax = n ⇔ loga n = x

This formula is directly from
definition of Logarithm.

This formula from
exponential form to logarithmic form
and from
logarithmic form to exponential form
is useful in solving many a problem.

The student should be
thoroughly familiar with it
in applying in both directions.

In remembering this formula,
the following two points are helpful.
  • Both in exponential form and
    logarithmic form, the base is same.
  • The exponent in exponential form
    is the value of the logarithm
    in logarithmic form.


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Proof and Explanation of Formula 2 :
Properties of Logarithms

Logarithm as an Exponent to its Base:

a(loga n) = n

Proof:
From the definition of logarithm, we have
if ax = n..............(i)
then x = loga n ................(ii)
Substituting the value of x from (ii) in (i), we get
a(loga n) = n (Proved.)

In remembering this formula,
you have to observe that the
base of the exponential form
is same as the base of the
logarithm in the exponent.





Proof and Explanation of Formula 3 :
Properties of Logarithms

Logarithm of 1 to any Base:

loga 1 = 0

Proof:
From Laws of Exponents, we know a0 = 1
⇒ loga 1 = 0 (Proved.)

It is easy to remember Logarithm of 1 to any Base is zero.

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Proof and Explanation of Formula 4 :
Properties of Logarithms

Logarithm of any number to the same Base:

loga a = 1

Proof:
From Laws of Exponents, we know a1 = a
⇒ loga a = 1 (Proved.)

It is easy to remember Logarithm of any number to the same Base is one.

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Proof and Explanation of Formula 5 :
Properties of Logarithms

Logarithm of a Product:

loga (mn) = loga m + loga n

Proof:
Let loga m = P ⇒ aP = m ............(i)
Let loga n = Q ⇒ aQ = n .............(ii)
You might have observed that
Equations (i) and (ii)
are obtained by changing
the Logarithmic form to Exponential form.

(i) x (ii) gives aP x aQ = mn
aP + Q = mn ( Since aP x aQ = aP + Q From laws of Exponents)
⇒ loga (mn) = P + Q ( by changing Exponential form to Logarithmic form)
By Replacing the values of P and Q, we get
loga (mn) = loga m + loga n (Proved.)

In proving this, see how we made use of
changing Logarithmic to Exponential form
and Exponential to Logarithmic form.

Remember that Logarithm of a Product
is the sum of the Logarithms of
the Factors of the Product.

Remember that the Formula is not for log(m + n) nor for log m x log n.

We have Formula for log (mn) and log m + log n.

We should be able to apply the formula
from L.H.S. to R.H.S. and from R.H.S. to L.H.S.





Proofs and Explanations of Formula 6 to 10 :
Properties of Logarithms

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Proofs and Explanations of Formula 6 to 10

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