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There are many problems throughout the text labeled IN YOUR OWN WORDS. Just relax; do not be afraid to give your opinion. The answers to these questions can be found by reading the text and the ideas discussed are essential to a proper understanding of the material of this chapter. You should spend about five minutes in answering each of these questions.
The answers to these questions can be found by reading the text and the ideas discussed are essential to a proper understanding of the material of this chapter. You should spend about five minutes in answering each of these questions.
If you wish to write bx = N in logarithmic form, solve for the exponent, x. To do this remember that x is the exponent of the base b that gives the answer N. See Example 2.
If you wish to write log to the base b of N = x, use the definition of exponent to write bx = N. See Example 3.
Solve the for exponent x. See Examples 4 and 8.
Use your calculator. See Example 5.
Your calculator has a base 10 key (labeled LOG), and for these problems you need to change the given logs to a base 10. To evaluate a logarithm to a base b, first find the log to the base 10 of the number and then divide by the log of the given base. See Examples 6 and 7.
Your calculator has a base e key (labeled LN), and for these problems you need to change the given logs to a base e. To evaluate a logarithm to a base b, first find the LN (log to the base e) of the number and then divide by the LN of the given base. See Example 7.
Solve for the exponent using the definition of logarithm. See Example 9.
First solve for the exponent (using the definition of logarithm), and then solve the resulting equation for the variable. See Example 10.
Use the given logarithmic equation and calculator to find a, the risk of an accident.
In each case, use the logarithmic equation to evaluate the desired variable.