**TOPIC 4: LOGARITHMS ~ MATHEMATICS FORM 2**

We always ask ourselves, how many of one number do we multiply to get another number? For example; how many 3s do we multiply to get 81? All these kind of questions will be answered in this unit. Make sure you

understand. Start reading now……!

**Standard Form**

Standard Form is also called Scientific Notation. It is a way of writing a number into two parts. For example

- The
**digits**(with the decimal point placed after the first digit) followed by **X 10 to a power**that puts a decimal point where it should be (i.e. it shows how many places to move the decimal point).

Numbers in Standard Form

Write numbers in standard form

How to write a number in standard form?

To figure out the power of 10, think of how many decimal places to move:

- When the number is 10 or greater, the decimal place has to move to the left

and the power of 10 will be positive. For example; 47 055 = 4. 7055 x 10^{4} - When the number is smaller than 1, the decimal point has to move to the right and the power of 10 will be negative. For example;

0.00025 will be written as 2.5 x 10

^{-4}For example; 4.5 would be written as 4.5 x10

^{0}we didn’t have to move the decimal point, so the power is 10^{0}. But now it is in standard form.**Note**

that: After putting the number in scientific notation make sure that

the digits part is between 1 and 10 (it can be 1 but never 10). And the

power part shows exactly how many places to move the decimal point.

Computations which Involved Multiplication and Division of Numbers Expressed in Standard Form

Perform computations which involved multiplication and division of numbers expressed in standard form

**Definition of a logarithm**

A logarithm answers the question: How many of one number do we multiply to get another number. For example; how many of 2s do we multiply to get 16? Answer: 2 x 2 x 2 x 2= 16 so we needed to multiply 4 of the 2s to

get 16. So the logarithm is 4.

get 16. So the logarithm is 4.

How to write it?

We would write the number of 2s we need to multiply to get 16 is 4 as:

The two things are the same:

The

number we are multiplying is called the base. So we can say ‘the

logarithm of 16 with base 2 is 4’ or ‘log base 2 of 16 is 4’ or ‘the

base-2 log of 16 is 4’.

number we are multiplying is called the base. So we can say ‘the

logarithm of 16 with base 2 is 4’ or ‘log base 2 of 16 is 4’ or ‘the

base-2 log of 16 is 4’.

Not that we are dealing with 3 numbers:

- The base (the number we are multiplying in our example it is 2)
- How many times to use it in multiplication (in our example it is 4 times, which is the logarithm)
- The number we want to get (in our example it is 16)

There

is a relationship between the exponents and logarithms. The exponent

says how many times to use the number in a multiplication and logarithm

tells you what the exponent is. See the illustration below:

is a relationship between the exponents and logarithms. The exponent

says how many times to use the number in a multiplication and logarithm

tells you what the exponent is. See the illustration below:

Generally:

*a**=*^{x}*y*in logarithmic form is:**Log**_{a}Y = XExample 1

write the following statements in logarithmic form:

**Laws Of Logarithms**

The Laws of Logarithms

State the laws of logarithms

are several laws of logarithms which help in evaluating them. These

laws are valid for only positive real numbers. The laws are as follows:

Verification of the Laws of Logarithms Using the Knowledge of Exponents

Verify the laws of logarithms using the knowledge of exponents

Activity 1

Verify the laws of logarithms using the knowledge of exponents

The Laws of Logarithms to Simplify Logarithmic Expressions

Use the laws of Logarithms to simplify logarithmic expressions

Example 2

Use the laws of logarithms to evaluate the following:

Solution

**Change of base**

This is a formula for change of base. For any positive

*a*,*b*(*a*,*b*≠0) we haveGiven,

then find a number which is a common base to both 8 and 4

Example 3

Solve.

**Logarithms to Base 10**

Logarithmic Equation

Solve logarithmic equation

Use the laws of logarithms to evaluate the following:

Solution

Laws of Logarithms to Find Products, Quotients, Roots and Powers of Numbers

Apply laws of logarithms to find products, quotients, roots and powers of numbers

Here

we deal with all 4 operations which are addition, subtraction,

multiplication and division. All operations are just as usual operations

except division when we are given a negative characteristic. For

example;

we deal with all 4 operations which are addition, subtraction,

multiplication and division. All operations are just as usual operations

except division when we are given a negative characteristic. For

example;

Example 4

evaluate the following:

Logarithmic Tables to Find Products and Quotients of Numbers Computation

Apply logarithmic tables to find products and quotients of numbers computation

Most

of the logarithmic tables are of base 10 (common logarithms). When we

want to read a logarithm of a number from logarithmic table, we first

check if the number is between 0 and 10 (but not 0 or 10) because the

table consists only of logarithms of numbers between 0 and 1.

of the logarithmic tables are of base 10 (common logarithms). When we

want to read a logarithm of a number from logarithmic table, we first

check if the number is between 0 and 10 (but not 0 or 10) because the

table consists only of logarithms of numbers between 0 and 1.

For

example; what is the logarithm of 5.25 from the table. Our number is

between 0 and 1. We look at the most left column and find where 52 is

(we ignore the decimal point). Then slide your finger along this row to

the right to find column of the next digit in our example is 5. Read the

number where the row of 52 meets the column of 5. The logarithm of 5.25

is 0.7202.

example; what is the logarithm of 5.25 from the table. Our number is

between 0 and 1. We look at the most left column and find where 52 is

(we ignore the decimal point). Then slide your finger along this row to

the right to find column of the next digit in our example is 5. Read the

number where the row of 52 meets the column of 5. The logarithm of 5.25

is 0.7202.

If

the number has 4 digits like 15.27, we do the following. First of all,

checking our number we see that it is greater than 10. The number is

between 10 and 100. And we know that the logarithm of 10 is 1 and

logarithm of 100 is 2. So logarithm of 15.27 is between 1 and 2,

normally less than 2 but greater than 1, hence 1.something. That

something we need to find it in a logarithm table. Look at the most left

column the row labeled 15, then, slide your finger to the right to find

the column labeled 2. Read the number where the row of 15 meets the

column of 2, the number is 0.1818. We are remaining with one digit which

is 7. If your log table has a part with mean difference table, slide

your finger over to the column in that table marked with the next digit

of the number you are looking up, in our example it is 7. Slide over to

row 15 and mean difference 7. The row of 15 meets mean difference column

7 at number 20. Add the two numbers obtained (the mean difference

number is added to the last digits of our first number we obtained) i.e.

0.1818 + 20 = 1838. Now add characteristic which is 1 since 15.27 is

between 10 and 100. We get 1 +0.1838 = 1.1838. Therefore

the number has 4 digits like 15.27, we do the following. First of all,

checking our number we see that it is greater than 10. The number is

between 10 and 100. And we know that the logarithm of 10 is 1 and

logarithm of 100 is 2. So logarithm of 15.27 is between 1 and 2,

normally less than 2 but greater than 1, hence 1.something. That

something we need to find it in a logarithm table. Look at the most left

column the row labeled 15, then, slide your finger to the right to find

the column labeled 2. Read the number where the row of 15 meets the

column of 2, the number is 0.1818. We are remaining with one digit which

is 7. If your log table has a part with mean difference table, slide

your finger over to the column in that table marked with the next digit

of the number you are looking up, in our example it is 7. Slide over to

row 15 and mean difference 7. The row of 15 meets mean difference column

7 at number 20. Add the two numbers obtained (the mean difference

number is added to the last digits of our first number we obtained) i.e.

0.1818 + 20 = 1838. Now add characteristic which is 1 since 15.27 is

between 10 and 100. We get 1 +0.1838 = 1.1838. Therefore

**Log 15.27= 1.1838**.Note

that if you are given a number with more than 4 digits, first round off

the number to 4 digits and then go on with similar procedures as

explained in examples above.

that if you are given a number with more than 4 digits, first round off

the number to 4 digits and then go on with similar procedures as

explained in examples above.

To

find the number whose logarithm is known, we can call it ant-logarithm

the same logarithmic table can be used. For example to find the number

whose logarithm is 0.7597, look at the central part of the log table

find the number (mantissa) 7597. This is in the intersection of the row

labeled 57 and column 5. So the number is 575. But in order to get

correct answer we have to consider characteristic of our logarithm which

is 0. This means our number is between 0 and 10 because the numbers

whose logarithms are 0.something are between 0 and 10. Hence, we need to

place one decimal point from left to our number to make it be between 0

and 10. Therefore the number will be 5.75 i.e. log 5.75 = 0.7597, thus

antilog 0.7597= 5.75.

find the number whose logarithm is known, we can call it ant-logarithm

the same logarithmic table can be used. For example to find the number

whose logarithm is 0.7597, look at the central part of the log table

find the number (mantissa) 7597. This is in the intersection of the row

labeled 57 and column 5. So the number is 575. But in order to get

correct answer we have to consider characteristic of our logarithm which

is 0. This means our number is between 0 and 10 because the numbers

whose logarithms are 0.something are between 0 and 10. Hence, we need to

place one decimal point from left to our number to make it be between 0

and 10. Therefore the number will be 5.75 i.e. log 5.75 = 0.7597, thus

antilog 0.7597= 5.75.

How to find the ant-log

**Step1:**

Understand the ant-log table. Use it when you have log of a number but

not the number itself. the ant-log is also known as the inverse log.

**Step 2:**

Write down the characteristic. This is the number before decimal point.

If you are looking up the ant-log of 2.8699, the characteristic is 2.

Remove it from the number you are looking up. But never forget it

because it will be used later. So it is better if you write it

somewhere.

**Step 3:**

Find the row in the most left column that matches the first two numbers

of the mantissa. Our mantissa is 8699. So run your finger down that

column until you find .86.

**Step 4:**

Slide your finger over to the column marked with the next digit of the

mantissa. For 2.8699, slide your finger along the row marked .86 to find

the intersection with column 9. This reads 7396. Write this down.

**Step 5:**

If your ant-log table has a table of mean difference, slide your finger

over to the column in that table marked with the next digit of the

mantissa. Make sure to keep your finger in the same row. Considering our

example, slide your finger over the to the last column in the table,

column 9. The intersection of row .86 and mean difference column 9 is

15. Write it down.

**Step 6:**

Add the two numbers obtained from the two previous steps. In our

example, these are 7396 and 15. Adding them i.e. 7396 + 15 = 7411.

**Step 7:**

Use characteristic to place decimal point. Our characteristic is 2,

which means our answer is between 100 and 1000 because log 100 = 2 and

log 1000 = 3. For the number 7411 to fall between 100 and 1000, the

decimal point should be placed after 3 digits. So, the final answer is

741.1 therefore the ant-log of 2.8699 is 741.1.

Example 5

Find the product of 25.75 ×450.

Solution;

From

Logarithmic laws we saw that multiplication of two numbers is the same

as addition of two the same two numbers. How to do it?

Logarithmic laws we saw that multiplication of two numbers is the same

as addition of two the same two numbers. How to do it?

Let x = 25.75 ×450

log x = log (25.75 ×450)

which is the same as

now, you can read log of your numbers from the logarithmic table as we learnt in the previous lesson, you will find:

log 25.75 = 1.4108 and log 450 = 2.6532

thus, log x = 1.4108 + 2.6532

log x = 4.0640

in order to obtain the value of x we have to find the inverse log of 4.0640 or ant-log of 4.0640

so, x = ant-log 4.0640

x = 11590

therefore, 25.75 ×450 = 11590

always the logarithmic calculations are set out in tabular form to make the solution not too long as above.

If we set our example in tabular form it will look like this:

Logarithmic Tables to Find Roots and Power of Numbers

Apply logarithmic tables to find roots and power of numbers

Example 6

Calculate using logarithms