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Basic Logarithmic Problem

  1. Apr 7, 2006 #1
    Pete has access to a scientific calculator and only knows the Definition of a Logarithm and the Change of Base Formula. How is Pete able to solve the following problem?:

    x^(log base x of y) =
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2006
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  3. Apr 8, 2006 #2


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    What is the definition of a logarithm ?
  4. Apr 8, 2006 #3
    log base b of n = x <=> b^x = n
  5. Apr 8, 2006 #4


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    [tex]\xi = \log_x y[/tex]
    [tex]\Leftrightarrow x ^ {\xi} = y[/tex], right?
    [tex]x ^ {\log_x y} = x ^ {\xi} = ?[/tex]
    Can you go from here? :)
  6. Apr 8, 2006 #5
    Thanks! (Previously I knew the cancel-out-rule, but I didn't understand why you can cancel.)
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