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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Integral $\int_0^1\frac{\ln\left(x+\sqrt2\right)}{\sqrt{2-x}\,\sqrt{1-x}\,\sqrt{\vphantom{1}x}}dx$

Is there a closed form for the integral $$\int_0^1\frac{\ln\left(x+\sqrt2\right)}{\sqrt{2-x}\,\sqrt{1-x}\,\sqrt{\vphantom{1}x}}dx.$$ I do not have a strong reason to be sure it exists, but I would be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Explanation needed on this rather basic recurrence solution

We are studying about recurrences in our analysis of algorithms class. As an example of the substitution method (with induction) we are given the following: $$T(n) = \lbrace 2T\left(\frac{n}{2}\right) ...
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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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How does e, or the exponential function, relate to rotation?

$e^{i \pi} = -1$. I get why this works from a sum-of-series perspective and from an integration perspective, as in I can evaluate the integrals and find this result. However, I don't understand it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How $a^{\log_b x} = x^{\log_b a}$?

This actually triggered me in my mind from here. After some playing around I notice that the relation $a^{\log_b x} = x^{\log_b a}$ is true for any valid value of $a,b$ and $x$. I am very inquisitive ...
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Trying to generalize an inequality from Jitsuro Nagura: Does this work?

I am investigating the generality of Lemma 1 in Nagura's proof that there is always a prime between $x$ and $\frac{6x}{5}$. In Lemma 1, Nagura establishes when $n > 1$, $x \ge 1$: ...
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Write the expressoin in terms of $\log x$ and $\log y \log(\frac{x^3}{10y})$

What is the answer for this? Write the expression in terms of $\log x$ and $\log y$ $$\log\left(\dfrac{x^3}{10y}\right)$$ This is what I got out of the equation so far. the alternate form assuming ...
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Finding all functions $f$ satisfying $f'(t)=f(t)+\int_a^bf(t)dt$

I am trying to find all functions f satisfying $f'(t)=f(t)+\int_a^bf(t)dt$. This is a problem from Spivak's Calculus and it is the chapter about Logarithms and Exponential functions. I gave up ...
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Prove $\int_0^1\frac{x^2-2\,x+2\ln(1+x)}{x^3\,\sqrt{1-x^2}}dx=\frac{\pi^2}8-\frac12$

How can I prove the following identity? $$\int_0^1\frac{x^2-2\,x+2\ln(1+x)}{x^3\,\sqrt{1-x^2}}dx=\frac{\pi^2}8-\frac12$$
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Fun logarithm question

How would you go about solving $x^{2^{x}} = 2^{x}$? There should be a solution $1<x<2$, but I haven't found a way to derive the answer using the usual log laws, maybe there is an elegant way ...
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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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Hints on calculating the integral $\int_0^1\frac{x^{19}-1}{\ln x}\,dx$

I would be happy to get some hints on the following integral: $$ \int_0^1\frac{x^{19}-1}{\ln x}\,dx $$
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Why aren't logarithms defined for negative $x$?

Given a logarithm is true, if and only if, $y = \log_b{x}$ and $b^y = x$ (and $x$ and $b$ are positive, and $b$ is not equal to $1$)[1], are true, why aren't logarithms defined for negative ...
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challenging alternating infinite series involving $\ln$

I ran across an infinite series that is allegedly from a Chinese math contest. Evaluate: $\displaystyle\sum_{n=2}^{\infty}(-1)^{n}\ln\left(1-\frac{1}{n(n-1)}\right).$ I thought perhaps this ...
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Please help me to show, that $(\ln x)'=\frac1 x$

In school, we recently started with derivations. I looked into a list of simple derivations and tried to prove them, in order to practice. Now, I tried to find the derivative of $\ln x$, but I got ...
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How to prove that $\ln(x)<x$ for $x\to \infty$?

During my calculus homework I need to prove some limits without using L'Hôpital's rule. I have difficulties to show rigorously that $\ln(x)<x$ for big enough x. For example, I need to find the ...
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What are logarithms?

I have heard of logarithms, and done very little research at all. From that little bit of research I found out its in algebra 2. Sadly to say, I'm going into 9th grade, but yet I'm learning ...
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How to figure of the Laplace transform for $\log x$?

I was looking at a table of common Laplace transforms of functions when I came across the transform for $\log x$. Apparently, the transform is as follows: $$\mathcal{L} \left\{ \log ...
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If $ax^2-bx+c=0$ has two distinct real roots lying in the interval $(0,1)$ $a,b,c$ belongs to natural prove that $\log_5 {abc}\geq2$

If $ax^2-bx+c=0$ has two distinct real roots lying in the interval $(0,1)$ with $a, b, c\in \mathbb N$, prove that $\log_5 {abc}\geq2$. The equations I could form are: 1) $f(0)>0$ and ...
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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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How to find $\lim\limits_{n\rightarrow \infty}\frac{(\log n)^p}{n}$

How to solve $$\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty}\frac{(\log n)^p}{n}$$
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Why can't you integrate all power functions without a log function?

You need a logarithm function to solve all power functions. That's a fact. Power functions look like this: $f\colon x \mapsto a x^r \qquad a,r \in \mathbb{R}$ But why would you need a logarithm ...
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$\ln(x^2)$ vs $2\ln x$

These two are supposed to be equivalent because of the properties of logarithms, but the domains of $\ln(x^2)$ and $2\ln x$ seem different to me. For example, if I substitute $x=-1$ into the first, I ...
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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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Find a branch of $f(z)= \log(z^3-2)$ that is analytic at $z=0$.

Find a branch of $f(z)=\log(z^3-2)$ that is analytic at $z=0$. Can anyone help me on this question? I have no idea how to find a branch. The definition of branch given in lecture is $F$ is a branch ...