Questions related to real and complex logarithms.

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Integrating the logarithm of a function including a square root of a second degree polynomial

I have been trying for some time to calculate the following integral: $$\int \ln\left(k+\sqrt{ax^2+bx+c}\right)\ dx$$ where k, a, b and c are real numbers. I have tried several strategies, but without ...
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Common logarithm question

I'm studying logarithms and am doing an exercise where you're supposed to evaluate the solutions of common logarithms without using a calculator. I'm very stuck on this one particular question. I know ...
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How many solutions to quadratic logarithms?

For a given Log equation with a quadratic $x$, such as $$F(x)=\log(x^2)$$there appear to be two $x$ values, for every $F(x)$, a positve and a negative. However, if $F(x)$ is ...
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Can difference of the $log$ function be approximated?

I am currently trying to optimize a problem. $$\text{ArgMax}_x \log(1+f_1(x))-\log(1+f_2(x))$$ Due to the fact that $\log (x)$ is a monotonic increasing function, this is equivalent as to ...
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A closed form for $\int_{0}^{\pi/2}\frac{\ln\cos x}{x}\mathrm{d}x$?

The following integrals are classic, initiated by L. Euler. \begin{align} \displaystyle \int_{0}^{\pi/2} x^3 \ln\cos x\:\mathrm{d}x & = -\frac{\pi^4}{64} \ln 2-\frac{3\pi^2}{16} ...
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Check my proof: Big O notation

I was asked the following: We are given the functions $f(n)=n^{10\log(n)}$ and $g(n)=(\log (n))^n$. Which of the following statements is true: $f(n)\in\mathcal{O}(g(n))$, $f(n) \in ...
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Finding the leading exponent of a binary number

Let's say that the binary representation of a number $k$ is $2^{X_n} + 2^{X_{n-1}} + \dots + 2^{X_0}$ with each term in this polynomial having a $1$ or $0$ multiplied to it (I just haven't showed them ...
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Does the definition range remains the same?

In solving this inequality (transcribed from here) $$\left(\frac23\right)^{\log_{0.5}(x^2+4x+4)}<\left(\frac94\right)^{\log_2(x^2-3x-10)}$$ we eventually reach the point where $ ...
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inverse of quadratic log functions

Can a Log function with a quadratic have an inverse function? The specific question is to find the inverse of $$f(x) = \log_2(x^2-3x-4)$$ The function already fails the horizontal line test, but ...
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Feynman's Algorithm for computing a logarithm of a number in [1,2]

I came upon the following quote concerning Feynman (the entire essay this is from can be found here): Consider the problem of finding the logarithm of a fractional number between 1.0 and 2.0 (the ...
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Evaluating $\int_0^\pi\arctan\left(\frac{\ln\sin x}{x}\right)\mathrm{d}x$

I found the following integral as a by product of another one. It has a nice closed form. $$ \int_{0}^{\pi} \arctan\left(\ln\left(\sin x \right) \over x\right)\,{\rm d}x $$ Mathematica and ...
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Logarithmic integral and natural numbers.

Prove these two relations: $$\text{li}(k+1)+k-\log (k)-\gamma = \int_0^k \left(\int_1^2 \frac{(s+1)^{n-1}+s-1}{s} \, dn\right) \, ds$$ $$n = \lim_{s\to 0} \, \frac{(s+1)^{n-1}+s-1}{s}$$ ...
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Logarithmic question

How is: $$n^{\Large\frac 1{\lg n}} = 2\ ? $$ I don't understand this is their any formula to calculate this what is the difference between $\lg n$ & $\log n$? Is logarithm base $2$ ?
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Solve for $x$: $\frac1e = e^{2x}$

I tried making it to $e^{-1} = e^{2x}$ and had the exponents equal each other $-1=2x$ and the I solved for $x$, making it $x=-1/2$, but that answer is wrong. please help I don't know why that ...
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Why, or why not, is $5^{log_3(n)} \in \mathcal{O}(n^2)$?

Why, or why not, is $5^{\log_3(n)} \in \mathcal{O}(n^2)$ ? I tried transforming the logarithm to a base of 5, so that the logarithm and power cancel each other out. However, when I try to so I get ...
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An equivalent for $\int_0^1\left(\frac{1}{\log x}+\frac{1}{1-x}\right)^n\;dx$

Set $$ I_n :=\int_0^1\left(\frac{1}{\log x} + \frac{1}{1-x}\right)^n \:\mathrm{d}x \qquad n=1,2,3,.... $$ We have $$I_1 =\gamma, \quad I_2 =\log (2 \pi) - \frac 32, \quad I_3 = 6 \log A - ...
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Can not determine scale of x-axis of attached graph

I am trying to digitize the data from the graph in this link. I thought the $x$-axis was in $\log_{10}$ scale but after trying to digitize this way the points seemed off. I also tried digitizing in ...
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Why would $\forall x\log(x) = 0 \implies 2^\frac{1}{n} - 1 \leq \frac{\epsilon}{n}$ for large $n$

Why would $\forall x\log(x) = 0 \implies 2^\frac{1}{n} - 1 \leq \frac{\epsilon}{n}$ for large $n$? I'm reading a calculus text which used this in a reductio to prove the log function is nontrivial and ...
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How is $ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\left(\psi(\alpha n)-\log(\alpha n)+\frac{1}{2\alpha n}\right)$ when $\alpha$ is great?

Let $\psi := \Gamma'/\Gamma$ denote the digamma function. Could you find, as $\alpha$ tends to $+\infty$, an equivalent term for the following series? $$ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \left( \psi (\alpha ...
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What's wrong with my aproach to solving this equation with multiple logarithms?

A question I was faced with asked "For which $x$ is $\log_{10}(x)^{\log_{10}(\log_{10}(x))}= 10,000$?" My instincts tell me I can say $$\log_{10}(x)=10$$ and $$\log_{10}(\log_{10}(x))=4$$ However, ...
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Integrating 1/x

The standard definition of integrating $\frac{1}{x}$ is: $$ \int \frac{dx}{ax + b} = \frac {1}{a} \ln |ax + b| + K $$ Now, if I'm understanding the "constant factor rule", that is: $$ \int k ...
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Proof that $\log(a^b) = b\log a$ when $\log$ is defined by an integral

When $\log a$ is defined as $\displaystyle\int_1^a\frac{dx}x$, then how does one prove that $\log(a^b)=b\log a$? I will post an answer here that is identical to an answer I posted to another ...
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Proving $\log(b^a) = a \log(b)$ using calculus

Sorry, this is a really simple question, but I'm trying to teach myself calculus and can't figure it out. If we define $\log(b) = \frac{db^x}{dx}(0)$ how does one prove $\log(b^a) = a\log(b)$? I ...
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$-\varepsilon\log(x)\overset{?}{\geq} -\log(\varepsilon x)$

I'm refering to this proof: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_relative_entropy#The_result In there it's stated that "Since the matrix $(P_{ij})_{ij}$ is a doubly stochastic matrix and $-\log$ is a ...
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A Binet-like integral $\int_{0}^{1} \left(\frac{1}{\ln x} + \frac{1}{1-x} -\frac{1}{2} \right) \frac{x^s }{1-x}\mathrm{d}x$

I met this integral $$ \int_{0}^{1} \left(\frac{1}{\ln x} + \frac{1}{1-x} -\frac{1}{2} \right) \frac{ \mathrm{d}x}{1-x} \qquad (*) $$ while evaluating this log-cosine integral. I made several ...
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$\int_{0}^{\pi/2}\ln\left(1+4\sin^4 x\right)\mathrm{d}x$ and the golden ratio

We already know that, for any real number $t$ such that $t\geq-1$, $$ \int_{0}^{\pi/2} \ln \left(1+t \sin^2 x\right) \mathrm{d}x = \pi \ln \left( \frac{1+\sqrt{1+t}}{2} \right). $$ Prove that ...
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$e$ and natural logarithms

How would you solve $6xe^{2x}+3e^{2x}=0$ for $x$ I tried: $\ln(e^{2x})=\ln(1/6x+3)$ $2x=\ln(1)-\ln(6x+3)$ $2x=-\ln(6x+3)$ but then I am stuck there. What am I missing?
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Closed form $\sum_{n=2}^{\infty} \frac{1}{\ln^n{n}}$ and $\sum_{n=2}^{\infty} \frac{n}{\ln^n{n}}$

Apologies if this has been asked before, but I was playing around with Wolfram Alpha and got approximations but not closed forms for $$\sum_{n=2}^{\infty} \frac{1}{\ln^n{n}} \approx 3.2426094109 $$ ...
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Prove this polylogarithmic integral has the stated closed form value

Question. Prove the following polylogarithmic integral has the stated value: $$I:=\int_{0}^{1}\frac{\operatorname{Li}_2{(1-x)}\log^2{(1-x)}}{x}\mathrm{d}x=-11\zeta{(5)}+6\zeta{(3)}\zeta{(2)}.$$ ...
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What's an intuitive way to compute summation of this series?

What's an intuitive way to compute $$\log(1)+\log (2)+\log (3)+\cdots+\log (n-1)+\log (n)$$ or for $n>a$ $$\log(a)+\log (a+1)+\log (a+2)+\cdots+\log (n-1)+\log (n) $$ I know the answer for ...
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Am I allowed to apply L'Hospital's Rule inside of the natural logarithm function?

I have the following limit: $$\lim_{x\rightarrow \infty} \ln\left(\frac{2x^2+1}{x^2+1}\right)$$ If I was finding the limit of only the terms inside the natural log function, I would have the ...
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What is the integral of x/ln(x)?

Well, I'm french so excuse me if I make some mistakes in english... I have to calculate this integral : $$ \int_{e}^{2e} \frac{x}{\ln(x)} dx $$ But I don't know how, can you help me please? Thank ...
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Solve x in logarithm equation

I am trying to solve $x$ for $2log_{10} (x-4) - log_{10}4(x-1) = 0$ I have the key with the answer 10 and have confirmed this is correct using Wolfram Alpha but which steps should I take to reach ...
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A series with only rational terms for $\ln \ln 2$

We all know that $$ \ln 2 = \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{(-1)^{n-1}}{n}. $$ Do you know a series with only rational terms for $$\ln \ln 2 = ?$$ Let's exclude base expansions with non ...
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Trouble with Logarithmic Differentiation

Hey guys I'm trying to find the derivative of this equation using logarithmic differentiation but I'm having some trouble. Wolfram Alpha is giving me different answers and I'm having difficulty ...
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Exponential function to logarithmic function

i'm stuck on completing this equations. Is this correct? $$z=a e^{-bt}$$ $$\ln(z)=\ln(a)+\ln(e^{-bt})$$ $$\ln(z)=\ln(a)+(1)(-bt)$$ $$\ln(z)=\ln(a)-bt$$
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Number of integers satsifying inqualities with logarithm

I am trying to solve the problem of finding the integers x satisfying the inequalities: $2\lt log_x45\lt3$ I realize this is a very basic question on logarithms and I have the key with the answers 4, ...
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Order of convergence for the method of false position

I'm reading about the order of convergence of the method of false position and there is one tricky point in the proof I don't understand. The method itself for finding the minimum $x^*$ of a function ...
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Trouble evaluating the sum involving logarithm

I was trying to solve this problem: Closed form for $\int_0^1\log\log\left(\frac{1}{x}+\sqrt{\frac{1}{x^2}-1}\right)\mathrm dx$ In the procedure I followed, I came across the following sum: ...
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Why does $\log_{4}32 \neq \log _{4}(4 \cdot 8)$

$$\log_{4}32=2.5$$ If $$\log_{a}(b\cdot c) = \log _{a}b + \log_{a}c \,\,\,; (a>0, b>0,c>0, a\neq 1)$$ Then why does $\log_{4}32$ can't be $\log _{4}(4 \cdot 8)= \log_{4}4+\log_{4}8 = ...
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Logarithmic equations with different bases

I had problems understanding how to solve $$ 6^{-\log_{6}^2} $$ Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Equivalence of criteria using logarithmic transformation

Is the following criterion: $$ \frac{\partial^2 f}{\partial x\partial y} = \frac{\partial^2 f}{\partial y\partial x} $$ Equivalent to: $$ \frac{\partial^2 \ln f}{\partial x\partial y} = ...
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Little o notation inequalities involving $n^{\log n}$

Apologies as this is a minor re-post, but I didn't think the other would get answers as it diverged into a discussion and got pushed down... I'm struggling with asymptotic notation a little bit... ...
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Solving ln/exponent question

How do I change the subject of the equation from x to y in the following equation: $$x=[4.105-\ln(\sqrt{y})]^2$$
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A closed form for $\int_{0}^{\pi/2} x^3 \ln^3(2 \cos x)\:\mathrm{d}x$

We already know that \begin{align} \displaystyle & \int_{0}^{\pi/2} x \ln(2 \cos x)\:\mathrm{d}x = -\frac{7}{16} \zeta(3), \\\\ & \int_{0}^{\pi/2} x^2 \ln^2(2 \cos x)\:\mathrm{d}x = ...
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True or false logarithmic branches

Say whether the following are true or false. Give a short proof. 1) $log(-z)+i{\pi}$ is a branch of the logarithmic function whose branch cut is the non-negative real axis 2)If $g(z)$ is a branch of ...
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Is $argmin_{\mathbf{x}} f(\mathbf{x})=argmin_{\mathbf{x}} \log{f(\mathbf{x})}$ always true?

Assuming $\mathbf{x}\in \mathbb{R}^n$, $f(\mathbf{x})\gt0 \forall\mathbf{x}\in\mathbb{R}^n$, is $argmin_{\mathbf{x}} f(\mathbf{x})=argmin_{\mathbf{x}} \log{f(\mathbf{x})}$ always true? Why?
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Can't find solution to Calculus 8th (Adams, Essex) problem

I've been sitting here for hours trying to find a solution to his problem. If you have the function $g(y)$, which is the inverse of $f(x) = x^x,\\ e^{-1} \leq x < \infty,$ show that ...
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How I could show that :$\log1=0$?

I would be like somone to show me or give me a prove for this : Why $\ln 1=0$ ? Note that $\ln$ is logarithme népérien, the natural logarithm of a number is its logarithm to the base $e$. Thanks ...
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Natural logarithm of a square matrix without eigen-analysis

I'm trying to find a method to determine the natural logarithm of a square nonsingular matrix without using eigenvalues or eigenvectors. So far, I've only found this method: ...