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Evaluating a log by trial and error

  1. Jun 19, 2012 #1
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    Hi,

    I'm evaluating a log, and I'm wondering how many words I can use. When I'm trying different exponents to narrow in on the exponent that I'm looking for, can I use words next to each equation? For example, "this is not big enough" next to the numbers that aren't close to the number I'm looking for, or "try this:" next to the next number that I'm going to try as an exponent ?

    Is that appropriate?
     
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  3. Jun 19, 2012 #2
    Anything is appropriate as long as it helps you compute the right answer. The things you learn in a math class are nothing but strategies and short cuts, they are not, and never will be the only ways to solve such problems.
     
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