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Terminology for exponentiation and logarithms

  1. Jun 12, 2014 #1
    I am attempting to write a page concerning exponentiation and logarithms for my website www.1728.com

    Basically I'd like to know the precise terminology.
    In the equation 2³ = 8
    we can say that "2" is the base, "3" is the exponent but what exactly is the "8" called? I have seen it referred to (no doubt incorrectly) as the power??? I'm thinking the "8" could be called the answer, the result, or the product but there might be a better term.

    In this equation,
    log 2 (8) = 3

    "2" is the base, "8" is the anti-logarithm and "3" is the logarithm.
    (I'm guessing I have defined those correctly).

    Any answers would be greatly appreciated and thank you.
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  3. Jun 12, 2014 #2


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    Two to the third power is eight. The product is 8.

    Log base two of eight is three. Your terms are good.
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