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Homework Help: Different ways that Log appears

  1. Mar 12, 2008 #1
    Not so much a question query here but a query about how my question is written.

    Im having to do some integration and my question has one part loge (log sub e). I think that this is just natural log which i usually see written as ln(x). Is this correct? However my table of integrals has e^x. Is this the same too? I seem to be getting confused by all the different ways of writting these logrithms. Can someone clarify please as to what each of these terms really means?

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  3. Mar 12, 2008 #2


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    Correct, loge(x) is identical to ln(x) and is given the name "natural logarithm".
    However, ex is not the same as the natural logarithm, it is in fact it's inverse. Explicitly,

    [tex]\log_e\left(e^x\right) = \ln\left(e^x\right) = x[/tex]


    [tex]e^{\ln(x)} = x[/tex]


    [tex]\log_a\left(a^x\right) = x[/tex]


    [tex]a^{\log_a(x)} = x[/tex]

    I hope this helps clear things up for you.
  4. Mar 12, 2008 #3


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    [tex]log_e(x)[/tex] means the same as ln(x).

    You would pronounce it "logarithm, base e".

    I suspect that the examiner is worried that some people use "log" for natural logs (I prefer that), and some for log-base-10, so he's written "[tex]log_e(x)[/tex]" to remove any doubt. :smile:
    Sorry, I don't follow this part of your query. :confused:
  5. Mar 12, 2008 #4
    Many thanx..... Thats just what I was looking for. Things should be straightforward now, well as straightforward as integration can be i suppose!

    Again many thanx for the help
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