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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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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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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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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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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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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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$\int_{0}^{\pi/2}\ln\left(1+4\sin^4 x\right)\mathrm{d}x$ 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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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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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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$e$ 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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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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A closed form for $\int_0^\infty\frac{\ln(x+4)}{\sqrt{x\,(x+3)\,(x+4)}}dx$

I need to a evaluate the following integral $$I=\int_0^\infty\frac{\ln(x+4)}{\sqrt{x\,(x+3)\,(x+4)}}dx.$$ Both Mathematica and Maple failed to evaluate it in a closed form, and lookups of the ...
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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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$\exp(\ln(x))=x$ 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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Quick logarithm calculation

In coming up with an algorithm for finding log (10) base 2, these are my thoughts. I wanted to know if this makes sense and how could I truly make it more efficient. The requirements are strictly not ...
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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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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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Difficult Integral Involving the $\ln$ function

Please help me solve this integral! I have tried multiple different procedures for integration by parts, as well as substitution and have not come up with anything. $$\int\frac{\ln x}{(\ln x+1)^2}dx$$ ...
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Integral $\int_0^1\frac{\ln x}{x-1}\ln\left(1+\frac1{\ln^2x}\right)dx$

Is it possible to evaluate this integral in a closed form? $$ I \equiv \int_{0}^{1}{\ln\left(x\right) \over x - 1}\, \ln\left(1 + {1 \over \ln^{2}\left(x\right)}\right)\,{\rm d}x $$ Numerically, ...
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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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Integral $\int_0^1\frac{\ln x}{x^2+1}\cdot\ln\left(\frac{3\,x^2+1}{x^2+3}\right)dx$

I need to evaluate the following integral: $$\int_0^1\frac{\ln x}{x^2+1}\cdot\ln\left(\frac{3\,x^2+1}{x^2+3}\right)dx.$$ Could you suggest how to find a closed form for it? I am not sure if there is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Closed form for $\int_0^1\log\log\left(\frac{1}{x}+\sqrt{\frac{1}{x^2}-1}\right)\mathrm dx$

Please help me to find a closed form for the following integral: $$\int_0^1\log\left(\log\left(\frac{1}{x}+\sqrt{\frac{1}{x^2}-1}\right)\right)\,{\mathrm d}x.$$ I was told it could be calculated in a ...
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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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Units of a log of a physical quantity

So I have never actually found a good answer or even a good resource which discusses this so I appeal to experts here at stack exchange because this problem came up again today. What happens to the ...
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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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Interpolation of a logarithmic function

I have a logarithmic function $$m \ln(x) + b$$ And three points $$(x_0, y_0), (x_1, y_1), (x_2, y_2)$$ The task is to find $m$ and $b$. Do I understand right that the third point is redundant? ...
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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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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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Absolute values in logarithms in a solution of differential equation

How have the moduli signs disappeared in the following step: $$\frac1{k}\left(\ln|g+kv| - \ln|g+ku|\right) = -t$$ Therefore $$ \ln\left(\frac{g+kv}{g+ku}\right) = -kt$$ $g$, $k$ and $u$ are ...
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Series involving log $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \left( n\log \left(\frac{2n+1}{2n-1}\right)-1\right) = \frac{1-\log 2}{2}$

Does anybody know how to prove this series? $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \left( n\log \left(\frac{2n+1}{2n-1}\right)-1\right) = \frac{1-\log 2}{2}$$ I arrived at this through Mathematica. I tried writing ...
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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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${\mathfrak{I}} \int_{0}^{\pi/2} \frac{x^2}{x^2+\log ^2(-2\cos x)} \:\mathrm{d}x$ and $\int_{0}^{\pi/2} \frac{\log \cos x}{x^2}\:\mathrm{d}x$

I have found the following new result connecting two rational log-cosine integrals. Proposition. \begin{align} \displaystyle & {\mathfrak{I}} \int_{0}^{\pi/2} \frac{x^2}{x^2+\log ^2(-2\cos ...
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Graphing: Given two points on a graph, find the logarithmic function that passes through both.

Is there such a method to do this? I would like to come up with a logarithmic function (a graph that looks like a square root graph) that passes through two given points. Haven't had any luck in ...
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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: ...
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Why is $\int\limits_{1}^{n} \log x \,dx \le \sum\limits_{x = 1}^{n}\log x$?

It has been a long time since I studied integrals, so this question may sound stupid. I was going through this wiki page, and came across the following inequality: $$\int_{1}^{n} \log x \,dx \le ...