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logarithms power equation

I got a home work question to solve the following: $$ 27x^2 < x^{\log_3x} $$ can any one please explain how to solve this type of equation? I have no idea what to do or what to search for.
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Why must the base of a logarithm be a positive real number not equal to 1?

Why must the base of a logarithm be a positive real number not equal to 1? and why must $x$ be positive? Thanks.
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How many digits does $2^{1000}$ contain?

I tried this way, I only need to know if this is correct or if there are better ways to solve this: $2^{1000}$ does not have a factor of $5$ obviously therefore we can assume $$ 10^{m} < 2^{1000} ...
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Comparing Powers of Different Bases

How can I know if one power is bigger than the other when the bases are different? For example, considering $2^{10}$ and $10^{3}$ the former is the greater one, but how to prove this? Logarithms? ...
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How to compute the mean average exponent of the naturals? What is the limit for large numbers?

With a friend I was trying to get an understanding for why the expected gap between primes is logarithmic. With that motivation I tried to express the average exponent of numbers. By average ...
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Are Base Ten Logarithms Relics?

Just interested in your thoughts regarding the contention that the pre-eminence of base ten logarithms is a relic from pre-calculator days. Firstly I understand that finding the (base-10) ...
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Solving $\ln(x^2+1)+1 = \ln(x^2+4)$

This is a homework question, but I've tried as hard as I can. Let me walk you through what I've done so far. $$\ln(x^2+1)+1 = \ln(x^2+4)$$ $$\ln(x^2+4) - \ln(x^2+1) = 1$$ ...
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$\log^2 (x^2) + \log (x-1) = 0$

I'm trying to solve the equation $\log^2 (x^2) + \log (x-1) = 0$ but all I could do is to show that $1 < x < 2$. Wolfram Alpha says that $x = 1.508554...$, this is good, but I really want to ...
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Contour Integral $ \int_{0}^1 \frac{\ln{x}}{\sqrt{1-x^2}} \mathrm dx$

I need help evaluating this with contour integration $$ \int_{0}^{1}{\ln\left(\,x\,\right)\over \,\sqrt{\vphantom{\large A}\,1 - x^{2}\,}}\,{\rm d}x $$ I am not sure as to how to work with the branch ...
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Logarithm Equality

$$\sqrt{\log_x\left(\sqrt{3x}\right)} \cdot \log_3 x = -1$$ I am not entirely sure how to go about solving for $x$. I cannot square each side because the product isn't $≥ 0$, I can't think of any ...
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What is $ \lim_{x \to 0} \log_0(x) $?

As per the title; what is $ \lim_{x \to 0} \log_0(x) $ ? According to WolframAlpha: $$ \lim_{x \to 0} \log_0(x) = 0 $$ but how is this possible? Surely the limit should be indeterminate since ...
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Inverse function of $\operatorname{li}(x)$ over $x>\mu$?

How can I get the inverse function of $\operatorname{li}(x)$ over $x>\mu$? Where $$\operatorname{li}(x)=\int_{0}^{x}\frac{ds}{\ln(s)}$$ is the so-called logarithmic integral, and ...
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Can I build a program that will tell me if a real world data set looks linear, logarithmic, exponential etc?

I have a bunch of real world data sets and from manually plotting some of the data in graphs, I've discovered some data sets look pretty much logarithmic and some look linear, or exponential (and some ...
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Deriving the analytical properties of the logarithm from an algebraic definition.

Definition: The base $a$ logarithm ($a\in]0,1[\cup]1,+\infty[$) is the continuous function defined by: $\log_a(xy)=\log_a(x)+\log_a(y)~~\forall x,y>0$ and $\log_a(a)=1$ If I used this definition ...
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How to Solve : $ A =\frac{1}{6}\left((\log_2(3))^3-(\log_2(6))^3-(\log_2(12))^3+(\log_2(24))^3\right) $

$ A =\frac{1}{6}\left((\log_2(3))^3-(\log_2(6))^3-(\log_2(12))^3+(\log_2(24))^3\right).$ Solve for $2^A.$ (no calculators or graphs are permitted) The way I went about solving this problem was using ...
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$\exp(\ln(x))=x$ and $\ln(\exp(y))=y$.

Let $(A,1_A,|\cdot{}|)$ be a unital Banach algebra, for instance $A=M_n(\Bbb R)$ or $M_n(\Bbb C)$. What is the union of all open unit balls $B_{\|\cdot{}\|}$ where $\|\cdot{}\|$ ranges over all ...
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Formula for Sum of Logarithms $\ln(n)^m$

As you know $\sum_{n=1}^k \ln(n) =\ln(k!)$ is there a formula for $\sum_{n=1}^k \ln(n)^m$?
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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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Complex exponent properties?

Here is a line in a proof in a complex analysis text: $\sqrt{1-z^2}=\sqrt{1-z}\sqrt{1+z}$ I know you can't do this in general, but when can you do it? Here is what I tried: ...
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Complex Logs and Roots of Unity

I need to find all the solutions to the following using logarithms: $(e^z-1)^3=1$ where z is a complex number. I am told that using roots of unity I can break this equation down but I must be missing ...
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Differentiating $y=x^x$ with the formal definition of a derivative

A friend and I were messing around with derivatives, and while we both know the procedure for finding the derivative of $y=x^x$ with logarithmic differentiation, i.e. $$y=x^x\\ ln(y)=x*ln(x)\\ ...
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Alternate proof for “$\log_{10}{2}$ is irrational”

I need to prove that $\log_{10}{2}$ is irrational. I understand the way this proof was done using contradiction to show that the even LHS does not equal the odd RHS, but I did it a different way and ...
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Prove that $5/2 < e < 3$?

Prove that $$\dfrac{5}{2} < e < 3$$ By the definition of $\log$ and $\exp$, $$1 = \log(e) = \int_1^e \dfrac{1}{t} dt$$ where $e = \exp(1)$. So given that $e$ is unknown, how could I ...
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Evaluate $\lim\limits_{y\to 0}\log(1+y)/y$ without LHR or Taylor series

Problem 12 on p. 297 of Spivak's Calculus (first edition) is Find $\lim\limits_{y\to 0}\log (1+y)/y$. (You can use L'Hospital's rule, but that would be silly.) I'm not sure the other method ...
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How to evaluate $\int_0^1 \frac{\ln(x+1)}{x^2+1} dx$

This problem appears at the end of Trig substitution section of Calculus by Larson. I tried using trig substitution but it was a bootless attempt $$\int_0^1 \frac{\ln(x+1)}{x^2+1} dx$$
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Is there any significance to the logarithm of a sum?

Many years ago, while working as a computer programmer, I tracked down a subtle bug in the software that we were using. Management had dispaired of finding the bug, but I pursued it in odd moments ...
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Prove that for all $x>0$, $1+2\ln x\leq x^2$

Prove that for all $x>0$, $$1+2\ln x\leq x^2$$ How can one prove that?
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The caret ^ symbol means exponentiation informally in math. Why not a symbol for log too? [closed]

Plus, minus, multiply, divide, and exponentiation all have symbols in math (+, -, *, /, ^ ) . But why isn't there the missing log symbol too? Here's how it would work: 4 ^ 5 = 1024 (as is standard ...
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Can someone explain why $x^{\log(a)} = a^{\log(x)}$?

I'm trying to see why the below is true. $$ x^{\log(a)} = a^{\log(x)} $$ Anyone here know why this is? Thank you.
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L'Hôpital's as $x$ tends to infinity

I'm searching for the explanation to the limit of: $$ \lim\limits_{x\to\infty} x\, \ln\frac{x+1}{x-1}. $$ I know the answer is 2, but I can't seem to get there. The problem is in my textbook under a ...
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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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Solving exponential equations using logarithms

This is the equation that I am having troubles with: $$\large x^{\large\log_{10}5}+5^{\large\log_{10}x}=50$$ So the first thing I do, I logarithm the whole expression with $\log_{10}$. So I get: ...
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Summing up the series $a_{3k}$ where $\log(1-x+x^2) = \sum a_k x^k$

If $\ln(1-x+x^2) = a_1x+a_2x^2 + \cdots \text{ then } a_3+a_6+a_9+a_{12} + \cdots = $ ? My approach is to write $1-x+x^2 = \frac{1+x^3}{1+x}$ then expanding the respective logarithms,I got a series ...
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Mathematical notation/name for the number of times a number can be divided by 2

I am using this simple snippet of code, variants of which I have seen in many places: for(int k = 0 ; n % 2 == 0 ; k++) n = n / 2; This code repeatedly ...
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How to solve this equation? Can I treat as a quadratic equation?

$$\ln(x+3)+\ln(x-4)=0$$ How to solve this equation? First removing the 'ln' from the equation and after making a quadratic equation and then solve the quadratic equation?
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Showing that $e^{-2} < \ln 2$

I have to prove the following inequality: $e^{-2} < \ln2.$ Using Bernoulli's inequality, I showed that $2 \leq e$, and using this result I tried to simplify the inequality by using an upper ...
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Is $\ln\sqrt{2}$ irrational?

I know that the natural log of any positive algebraic number is transcendental, as a consequence of the Lindemann-Weierstrass theorem, but what about the natural log of the square root of two (which ...
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Verifing $\int_0^{\pi}x\ln(\sin x)\,dx=-\ln(2){\pi}^2/2$

I used all I know to show that $$\int_0^\pi x\ln(\sin x)dx=-\ln(2) \pi^2/2$$ This is my homework but don't know where to start. I appreciate your help.
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How popular and used were logarithm tables?

I've heard that, for a time, logarithm tables "sold more than the Bible". Can someone produce some reliable documentation about how prevalent they were ? Would a common shopkeep have one ? Would a ...
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Evaluate $\int_0^\infty \frac{(\log x)^2}{1+x^2} dx$ using complex analysis

How do I compute $$\int_0^\infty \frac{(\log x)^2}{1+x^2} dx$$ What I am doing is take $$f(z)=\frac{(\log z)^2}{1+z^2}$$ and calculating $\text{Res}(f,z=i) = \dfrac{d}{dz} \dfrac{(\log ...
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Solving $x^2 - 1 = e^x$

Can someone help me solve the equation $x^2 - 1 = e^x$ ? I tried taking the natural logarithm of both sides but I don't know where to go from there.. I got: $\ln(x^2 -1) = x$ But I don't know how ...
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Is the natural log of n rational?

It's famously unknown whether the natural log of 2 is rational or not. How about the natural log of other numbers. Is it known/unknown whether these are rational? Obviously ln(1) is 0, and ln(2^n) ...
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How to solve $n < 2^{n/8}$ for $n$?

This is from an exercise (1.2.2) in introduction to algorithms that I'm working on privately. To find at what point a $n \lg n$ function will run faster than a $n^2$ function I need to figure out for ...
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Summation of logs

Are there any useful identities for quickly calculating the sum of consecutive logs? For example $\sum_{k=1}^{N} log(k)$ or something to this effect. I should add that I am writing code to do this (as ...
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A little question about logarithm

Can we say that $\log _4 (n^2)=\log _2(n)$? If that is the case, then $\displaystyle 2^{\log _4 (n^2)}=n$? Thanks.
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Can we prove $a^{\log_bn} = n^{\log_ba}$?

Can we prove $$a^{\log_bn} = n^{\log_ba}?$$ I forget how to prove this theorem. I picked up one numbers for test, and they worked.
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Solving the equation $3^{5x-2}=8^{8x-9}$

I'm trying to solve the equation $$3^{5x-2}=8^{8x-9}.$$ I'm assuming I need to do some work with logarithms, but I don't know what to do. Thanks in advance!
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Find the value of $x$ such that $2^x=10$

Given that $\log 5 = 0.7$ (to one decimal place), find the value of $x$ such that $2^x = 10$ (again to one decimal place) I don't know what to do with the information that $10^{0.7} = 5$. Why is ...
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To find the logarithm of $1728$ to the base $2 \sqrt{3}$

Find the logarithm of: $1728$ to base $2\sqrt{3}$. Let, $\log_{2\sqrt{3}} 1728 = y$, then $$\begin{align} (2\sqrt{3})^y &= 1728\\ 2^y(\sqrt3)^y &= 1728\\2^y(3^\frac12)^y &= ...
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Why does $\cos (\pi\cos (\pi \cos (\log (20+\pi)))) \approx -1$

I read on Wikipedia that $$\cos (\pi\cos (\pi \cos (\log (20+\pi)))) \approx -1$$ to a high degree of accuracy. Why is this true? Is this pure coincidence or is there some mathematical ...