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How to prove that $\log(x)<x$ when $x>1$?

It's very basic but I'm having trouble to find a way to prove this inequality $\log(x)<x$ when $x>1$ ($\log(x)$ is the natural logarithm) I can think about the two graphs but I can't find ...
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Computing the integral of $\log(\sin x)$

How to compute the following integral? $$\int\log(\sin x)\,dx$$ Motivation: Since $\log(\sin x)'=\cot x$, the antiderivative $\int\log(\sin x)\,dx$ has the nice property $F''(x)=\cot x$. Can we ...
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Find $\lim_\limits{x\to -\infty}{\frac{\ln\left(1+3^x\right)}{\ln\left(1+2^x\right)}}$

Prove the following limit without using approximations and derivatives: $$\lim_\limits{x\to -\infty}{\frac{\ln\left(1+3^{x}\right)}{\ln\left(1+2^{x}\right)}}=0$$ I cannot think of any possible ...
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Evaluating $\int_0^{\infty}\frac{\ln(x^2+1)}{x^2+1}dx$

How would I go about evaluating this integral? $$\int_0^{\infty}\frac{\ln(x^2+1)}{x^2+1}dx.$$ What I've tried so far: I tried a semicircular integral in the positive imaginary part of the complex ...
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Euler-Mascheroni constant expression, further simplification

The Euler-Mascheroni constant gamma is defined as: $$\gamma=\lim\limits_{n \rightarrow \infty}\left(\sum\limits_{m=1}^{n} \frac{1}{m} - \log(n)\right)$$ From this previous question Do these series ...
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Apparently cannot be solved using logarithms

This equation clearly cannot be solved using logarithms. $$3 + x = 2 (1.01^x)$$ Now it can be solved using a graphing calculator or a computer and the answer is $x = -1.0202$ and $x=568.2993$. But ...
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Evaluate: $\int_0^{\pi} \ln \left( \sin \theta \right) d\theta$

Evaluate: $ \displaystyle \int_0^{\pi} \ln \left( \sin \theta \right) d\theta$ using Gauss Mean Value theorem. Given hint: consider $f(z) = \ln ( 1 +z)$. EDIT:: I know how to evaluate it, but I am ...
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Solve the equation $2^x=1-x$

Solve the equation: $$2^x=1-x$$ I know this is extremely easy and I know the solution using graphical approach. Basically, I can see the solution, but I can't work it out algebraically.
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What algorithm is used by computers to calculate logarithms?

I would like to know how are logarithms calculated by computers. The GNU C library, for example, uses a call to the fyl2x() assembler instruction, which means that ...
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Do these series converge to logarithms?

It is well known that $$1-\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{3}-\frac{1}{4}+\frac{1}{5}... =\log(2).$$ If we consider the array: $T(n,k) = -(n-1)\; \text{ if }\; n|k, \;\text{ else } \;1,$ Starting: ...
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Prove $\left(\dfrac{2}{5}\right)^{\frac{2}{5}}<\ln{2}$

Inadvertently, I find this interesting inequality,But this problem have nice solution? prove that $$\ln{2}>(\dfrac{2}{5})^{\frac{2}{5}}$$ This problem have nice solution? Thank you. ago,I find ...
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Evaluating $\int_0^{\large\frac{\pi}{4}} \log\left( \cos x\right) \, \mathrm{d}x $

It's my first post here and I was wondering if someone could help me with evaluating the definite integral $$ \int_0^{\Large\frac{\pi}{4}} \log\left( \cos x\right) \, \mathrm{d}x $$ Thanks in ...
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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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Intuitive use of logarithms

I am trying to gain a more intuitive feeling for the use of logarithms. So my question: what do you use them for? Why were they invented? What are typical situations where one should think: "hey, ...
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What's so “natural” about the base of natural logarithms?

There are so many available bases. Why is the strange number $e$ preferred over all else? Of course one could integrate $\frac{1}x$ and see this. But is there more to the story?
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Series of logarithms $\sum\limits_{k=1}^\infty \ln(k)$ (Ramanujan summation?)

I had this question earlier, so to say as a "standalone" problem, but now it pops up in context of an analysis with the lngamma-function. As well as we can convert the question of sums of like powers ...
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Understanding imaginary exponents

Greetings! I am trying to understand what it means to have an imaginary number in an exponent. What does $x^{i}$ where $x$ is real mean? I've read a few pages on this issue, and they all seem to ...
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If $z_n \to z$ then $(1+z_n/n)^n \to e^z$

We are dealing with $z \in \mathbb{C}$. I know that $$ \left(1+ \frac{z}{n} \right)^n \to e^{z} $$ as $n \to \infty$. So intuitively if $z_n \to z$ then we should have $$ \left(1+ \frac{z_n}{n} ...
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How to understand why $x^0 = 1$, where $x$ is any real number?

Alright, so the idea of an exponent, $x$, is that you are multiplying its base by itself $x$ number of times. With base $5$ and $x=3$, we have that $5^3$ = $5 \cdot 5 \cdot 5$ I understand that the ...
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Alternative notation for exponents, logs and roots?

If we have $$ x^y = z $$ then we know that $$ \sqrt[y]{z} = x $$ and $$ \log_x{z} = y .$$ As a visually-oriented person I have often been dismayed that the symbols for these three operators ...
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Is there any simple method to calculate $\sqrt x$ without using logarithm

Suppose that we don't know logarithm, then how we would able to calculate $\sqrt x$, where $x$ is a real number? More generally, is there any algorithm to calculate $\sqrt [ n ]{ x } $ without using ...
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How to figure out the log of a number without a calculator?

I have seen people look at log (several digit number) and rattle off the first couple of digits. I can get the value for small values (aka the popular or easy to know roots), but is there a formula. ...
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How can I find the value of $\ln( |x|)$ without using the calculator?

I want to know if there is a way to find for example $\ln(2)$, without using the calculator ? Thanks
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Solve $2^{x}=x^{2}$

I've been asked to solve this and I've tried a few things but I have trouble eliminating x. I first tried taking the natural log: $x\ln \left( 2\right) =2\ln \left( x\right) $ $\dfrac {\ln \left( ...
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How do you explain the concept of logarithm to a five year old?

Okay I understand that it cannot be explained to a 5 year old. But, how do you explain the logarithm to primary school students?
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Evaluate $\int^1_0 \log^2(1-x) \log^2(x) \, dx$

I have no idea where to even start. WolframAlpha cant compute it either. $$\int^1_0 \log^2(1-x) \log^2(x) \, dx$$ I think it can be done with series, but I am not sure, can someone help a little so ...
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Motivation for Napier's Logarithms

In the wikipedia article on logarithms, I am clueless about the approach and motivation for the following computations done by Napier (and the mysterious appearance of Euler's number) in this section. ...
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Can $\displaystyle\lim_{h\to 0}\frac{b^h - 1}{h}$ be solved without circular reasoning?

In many places I have read that $$\lim_{h\to 0}\frac{b^h - 1}{h}$$ is by definition $\ln(b)$. Does that mean that this is unsolvable without using that fact or a related/derived one? I can of course ...
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About irrational logarithms

Could someone provide, please, a proof of the theorem below? "Being $x$ and $b$ integers greater than $1$, which can not be represented as powers of the same basis (positive integer) and integer ...
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Are there other cases similar to Herglotz's integral $\int_0^1\frac{\ln\left(1+t^{4+\sqrt{15}}\right)}{1+t}\ \mathrm dt$?

This post of Boris Bukh mentions amazing Gustav Herglotz's integral $$\int_0^1\frac{\ln\left(1+t^{\,4\,+\,\sqrt{\vphantom{\large A}\,15\,}\,}\right)}{1+t}\ \mathrm ...
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Series for logarithms

This is more of a challenge than a question, but I thought I'd share anyway. Prove the following identities, and prove that the pattern continues. \begin{equation*} ...
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Calculate logarithms by hand

I'm thinking of making a table of logarithms ranging from 100-999 with 5 significant digits. By pen and paper that is. I'm doing this old school. What first came to mind was to use $\log(ab) = ...
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An alternative way to calculate $\log(x)$

How can I replace the $\log(x)$ function by simple math operators like $+,-,\div$, and $\times$? I am writing a computer code and I must use $\log(x)$ in it. However, the technology I am using does ...
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Convergence N'th Harmonic number minus the Natural Logarithm of N. [duplicate]

I was hoping if someone could show me the proof of exactly why this converges to the Euler–Mascheroni constant.
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Has anyone talked themselves into understanding Euler's identity a bit?

What does the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter have to do with the base of the natural logarithm and $\sqrt{-1}$?
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Is this equal ? (I found it on this website)

I found this equation on this website! I would like to know it its true or not? And how can proof or disprove it?! Euler-Mascheroni constant expression, further simplification ...
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Integral $\int_0^1\frac{\ln\left(x+\sqrt2\right)}{\sqrt{2-x}\,\sqrt{1-x}\,\sqrt{\vphantom{1}x}}\mathrm dx$

Is there a closed form for the integral $$\int_0^1\frac{\ln\left(x+\sqrt2\right)}{\sqrt{2-x}\,\sqrt{1-x}\,\sqrt{\vphantom{1}x}}\mathrm dx.$$ I do not have a strong reason to be sure it exists, but I ...
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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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Prove $\int_0^1\frac{x^2-2\,x+2\ln(1+x)}{x^3\,\sqrt{1-x^2}}\mathrm dx=\frac{\pi^2}8-\frac12$

How can I prove the following identity? $$\int_0^1\frac{x^2-2\,x+2\ln(1+x)}{x^3\,\sqrt{1-x^2}}\mathrm dx=\frac{\pi^2}8-\frac12$$
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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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The logarithm is non-linear! Or isn't it?

The logarithm is non-linear Almost unexceptionally, I hear people say that the logarithm was a non-linear function. If asked to prove this, they often do something like this: We have $$ \ln(x + ...
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Approximating Logs and Antilogs by hand

I have read through questions like Calculate logarithms by hand and and a section of the Feynman Lecture series which talks about calculation of logarithms. I have recognized neither of them useful ...
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Logarithm of a Markov Matrix

Start with a Markov matrix $\mathbf{M}$, whose elements are all between $0 \le \mathbf{M}_{ij} \le 1$ and each row sums to one. There is a natural connection with this matrix and the rate matrix ...
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Simple proof Euler–Mascheroni $\gamma$ constant

I'm searching for a really simple and beautiful proof that the sequence $(u_n)_{n \in \mathbb{N}} = \sum\nolimits_{k=1}^n \frac{1}{k} - \log(n)$ converges. At first I want to know if my answer is OK. ...
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Why is $e$ close to $H_8$, closer to $H_8\left(1+\frac{1}{80^2}\right)$ and even closer to $\gamma+log\left(\frac{17}{2}\right) +\frac{1}{10^3}$?

The eighth harmonic number happens to be close to $e$. $$e\approx2.71(8)$$ $$H_8=\sum_{k=1}^8 \frac{1}{k}=\frac{761}{280}\approx2.71(7)$$ This leads to the almost-integer ...
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Is it possible to generalize Ramanujan's lower bound for factorials that he used in his proof of Bertrand's Postulate?

I am starting to feel more confident in my understanding of Ramanujan's proof of Bertrand's postulate. I hope that I am not getting overconfident. In particular, Ramanujan's does the following ...
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Find the domain and range of a logarithmic function?

I need help finding the domain and range of logarithm functions. For example, what is the domain and range of $y=\log(x-3)$?
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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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Proof that $\frac{2}{3} < \log(2) < \frac{7}{10}$

Positive integrals $$\int_{0}^{1}\frac{2x(1-x)^2}{1+x^2}dx=\pi-3$$ and $$\int_0^1\frac{x^4(1-x)^4}{1+x^2}dx=\frac{22}{7}-\pi $$ (http://math.stackexchange.com/a/1618454/134791) prove that ...
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Giving an asymptotically tight bound on sum $\sum_{k=1}^n (\log_2 k)^2$

I am trying to give an asymptotically tight bound for the sum $\displaystyle\sum_{k=1}^{n} (\text{lg}k)^{2}$, where lg denotes the base 2 logarithm. I really have no idea where to begin, and I've ...