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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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A math contest problem $\int_0^1\ln\left(1+\frac{\ln^2x}{4\,\pi^2}\right)\frac{\ln(1-x)}x \ \mathrm dx$

A friend of mine sent me a math contest problem that I am not able to solve (he does not know a solution either). So, I thought I might ask you for help. Prove: ...
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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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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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A new imaginary number? $x^c = -x$

Being young, I don't have much experience with imaginary numbers outside of the basic usages of $i$. As I was sitting in my high school math class doing logs, I had an idea of something that would ...
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Generalizing Ramanujan's proof of Bertrand's Postulate: Can Ramanujan's approach be used to show a prime between $4x$ and $5x$ for $x \ge 3$

Perhaps, I've been thinking too long about Ramanujan's proof, but it appears to me that his argument can be generalized beyond $x$ and $2x$. My argument below attempts to show that for $x \ge 1331$, ...
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Integral $\int_0^1\frac{x^9\left(x^4+x^2-x-1-5\ln x\right)}{\left(x^{10}-1\right)\ln x}dx$

A friend of mine sent me an integral that she had not been able to crack, and me neither. It comes with a result, but without a proof (I suppose it originated in some math contest). Could you please ...
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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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Closed form for $\int_0^\infty\frac{\log\left(1+\frac{\pi^2}{4\,x}\right)}{e^{\sqrt{x}}-1}\mathrm dx$

I encountered this integral in my calculations: $$\int_0^\infty\frac{\log\left(1+\frac{\pi^2}{4\,x}\right)}{e^{\sqrt{x}}-1}\mathrm ...
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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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Closed form for $\int_0^1\sqrt{\frac{2-x}{(1-x)\,x}}\,\log\left(\frac{(2-x)\,x}{1-x}\right)dx$

This is somewhat similar to my previous question: Closed form for $\int_0^1\frac{x^{5/6}}{(1-x)^{1/6}\,(1+2\,x)^{4/3}}\log\left(\frac{1+2x}{x\,(1-x)}\right)\,dx$ Is it possible to find a closed form ...
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An integral with irrational exponents $\int_0^\infty\frac{\log\left(\frac{1+x^{4+\sqrt{15}}}{1+x^{2+\sqrt{3}}}\right)}{\left(1+x^2\right)\log x}dx$

I was challenged to prove this identity $$\int_0^\infty\frac{\log\left(\frac{1+x^{4+\sqrt{15\vphantom{\large A}}}}{1+x^{2+\sqrt{3\vphantom{\large A}}}}\right)}{\left(1+x^2\right)\log ...
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Closed form for $\int_0^1\frac{x^{5/6}}{(1-x)^{1/6}\,(1+2\,x)^{4/3}}\log\left(\frac{1+2x}{x\,(1-x)}\right)\,dx$

I need to evaluate this integral: $$Q=\int_0^1\frac{x^{5/6}}{(1-x)^{1/6}\,(1+2\,x)^{4/3}}\log\left(\frac{1+2x}{x\,(1-x)}\right)\,dx.$$ I tried it in Mathematica, but it was not able to find a closed ...
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Integral $\int_0^1\frac{\ln x}{\left(1+x\right)\left(1+x^{-\left(2+\sqrt3\right)}\right)}dx$

There is a curious known integral: $$\int_0^1\frac{\ln\left(1+x^{2+\sqrt{3\vphantom{\large3}}}\right)}{1+x}dx=\frac{\pi^2}{12}\left(1-\sqrt{3\vphantom{\large3}}\right)+\ln ...
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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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Need help with $\int_0^\infty e^{-x}\ln\ln\left(e^x+\sqrt{e^{2x}-1}\right)\,dx$

I need help with this integral: $$\int_0^\infty e^{-x}\ln\ln\left(e^x+\sqrt{e^{2x}-1}\right)\,dx\approx0.20597312051214...$$ Is it possible to evaluated it in a closed form?
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Integral $\int_0^1\ln\ln\,_3F_2\left(\frac{1}{4},\frac{1}{2},\frac{3}{4};\frac{2}{3},\frac{4}{3};x\right)\,dx$

I encountered this scary integral $$\int_0^1\ln\ln\,_3F_2\left(\frac{1}{4},\frac{1}{2},\frac{3}{4};\frac{2}{3},\frac{4}{3};x\right)\,dx$$ where $_3F_2$ is a generalized hypergeometric function ...
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Power towers: to infinity and all the way back

In the following, let $n$ be a positive integer, all other variables be real (furthermore, $a>1$), all functions be real-valued, and logarithms of negative arguments be undefined. Let ...
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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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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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Integral $\int_0^\infty\frac{1}{x\,\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{2\,x^2+1}}\cdot\frac{\log x}{\sqrt{x^2+1}}\mathrm dx$

I need your assistance with evaluating the integral $$\int_0^\infty\frac{1}{x\,\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{2\,x^2+1}}\cdot\frac{\log x}{\sqrt{x^2+1}}dx$$ I tried manual integration by parts, but it seemed to only ...
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On the Paris constant and $\sqrt[k]{1+\sqrt[k]{1+\sqrt[k]{1+\sqrt[k]{1+\dots}}}}$?

In 1987, R. Paris proved that the nested radical expression for $\phi$, $$\phi=\sqrt{1+\sqrt{1+\sqrt{1+\sqrt{1+\dots}}}}$$ approaches $\phi$ at a constant rate. For example, defining $\phi_n$ as ...
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Integral $\int_0^\infty\frac{\ln\left(1+x+\sqrt{x^2+2\,x}\right)\,\ln\left(1+\sqrt{x^2+2\,x+2}\right)}{x^2+2x+1}dx$

Could you suggest any ideas how to evaluate this integral? Is there a closed-form result? $$\int_0^\infty\frac{\ln\left(1+x+\sqrt{x^2+2\,x}\right)\,\ln\left(1+\sqrt{x^2+2\,x+2}\right)}{x^2+2x+1}dx$$
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Integral $\int_0^\infty\frac{1}{\sqrt[3]{x}}\left(1+\log\frac{1+e^{x-1}}{1+e^x}\right)dx$

Is it possible to evaluate this integral in a closed form? $$\int_0^\infty\frac{1}{\sqrt[3]{x}}\left(1+\log\frac{1+e^{x-1}}{1+e^x}\right)dx$$
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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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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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Last $n$ digits of $a^b$

Last year I came acoss the following problem in a mathematics competition What are the last $2$ digits of $2012^{2012}$? $\ \ \ \ \ $(Ans: 56) I found the last two digits using the standard ...
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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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$\ln(x^2)$ 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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The positive root of the transcendental equation $\ln x-\sqrt{x-1}+1=0$

I numerically solved the transcendental equation $$\ln x-\sqrt{x-1}+1=0$$ and obtained an approximate value of its positive real root $$x \approx 14.498719188878466465738532142574796767250306535...$$ ...
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What is a closed form of $\int_0^1\ln(-\ln x)\ \text{li}\ x\ dx$

Let $\operatorname{li} x$ denote the logarithmic integral: $$\operatorname{li} x=\int_0^x\frac{dt}{\ln t}.$$ Is it possible to find a closed form of the following integral? $$\int_0^1\ln(-\ln x) ...
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How did the notation “ln” for “log base e” become so pervasive?

Wikipedia sez: The natural logarithm of $x$ is often written "$\ln(x)$", instead of $\log_e(x)$ especially in disciplines where it isn't written "$\log(x)$". However, some mathematicians ...
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Why is $\log_{-2}{4}$ complex?

With the logarithm being the inverse of the exponential function, it follows that $\log_{-2}{4}$ should equal $2$, since $(-2)^2=4$. The change of base law, however, implies that ...
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Where did the word “logarithm” come from?

Where did the word logarithm come from? Any relation to the word algorithm?
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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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Find the integer closest to $\ln(2013)$

I encounter such a problem, in a Maths contest, to find out the closest integer to $\ln(2013)$, without using a calculator. I really get stuck. I tried to turn $\ln(2013)$ into ...
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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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Closed form for n-th anti-derivative of $\log x$

Is it possible to write a closed-form expression with free variables $x, n$ representing the n-th anti-derivative of $\log x$?
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A closed form for $\int_0^\infty\ln x\cdot\ln\left(1+\frac1{2\cosh x}\right)dx$

Is it possible to evaluate this integral in a closed form? $$\int_0^\infty\ln x\cdot\ln\left(1+\frac1{2\cosh x}\right)dx=\int_0^\infty\ln x\cdot\ln\left(1+\frac1{e^{-x}+e^x}\right)dx$$ I tried to ...
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Approximation of $\log(x)$ as a linear combination of $\log(2)$ and $\log(3)$

I wonder if it's possible to approximate $\log(n)$, n integer, by using a linear combination of $\log(2)$ and $\log(3)$. More formally, given integer $n$ and and real $\epsilon>0$, is it always ...
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Integral $\int_0^\infty\frac{\ln\left(\sqrt{x+1\vphantom{x^0}}-1\right)\,\ln\left(\sqrt{x^{-1}+1}+1\right)}{(x+1)^{3/2}}dx$

Another integral similar to my previous question: $$\int_0^\infty\frac{\ln\left(\sqrt{x+1\vphantom{x^0}}-1\right)\,\ln\left(\sqrt{x^{-1}+1}+1\right)}{(x+1)^{3/2}}dx$$ Could you suggets how to evaluate ...
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Do you know of any Calculus text defining the exponential and logarithm functions in an alternative way?

The story in nearly every introductory Calculus book is well known by everybody: you don't have the "right" to raise a number to an irrational power, so forget exponents for now and let's take a look ...
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$x^3-3x-3=0$, prove that $10^x<127$

$x$ is the real root of the equation $$3x^3-5x+8=0,\tag 1$$ prove that $$e^x>\frac{40}{237}.$$ I find this inequality in a very accidental way,I think it's very difficult,because the actual value ...
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Is this function a constant?

I am a french guest and I hope that my english isn't too bad... So here is my issue : I consider an entire function $f$ which satisfies the following property for all complex number $z\in \mathbb{C}$ ...
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A conjectured closed form of $\int_0^\infty\frac{x-1}{\sqrt{2^x-1}\ \ln\left(2^x-1\right)}dx$

Consider the following integral: $$\mathcal{I}=\int_0^\infty\frac{x-1}{\sqrt{2^x-1}\ \ln\left(2^x-1\right)}dx.$$ I tried to evaluate $\mathcal{I}$ in a closed form (both manually and using ...
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$\log_9 71$ or $\log_8 61$

I am trying to know which one is bigger :$$\log_9 71$$ or $$\log_8 61$$ how can i know without using a calculator ?
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A closed form for $\int_0^1\frac{\ln(-\ln x)\ \operatorname{li}^2x}{x}dx$

Let $\operatorname{li}x$ denote the logarithmic integral $^{[1]}$$^{[2]}$$^{[3]}$: $$\operatorname{li}x=\int_0^x\frac{dt}{\ln t}$$ and $$I=\int_0^1\frac{\ln(-\ln x)\ ...
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Closed form for $\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{\cos(\pi \log n)}{n^2}$

Is there a closed form for the following sum? $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{\cos(\pi\log n)}{n^2}$$
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Integral $\int_0^{\pi/2}\frac{x}{\sin x}\log^2\left(\frac{1+\cos x-\sin x}{1+\cos x+\sin x}\right)dx$

Please help me to evaluate this integral: $$\large\int_0^{\pi/2}\frac{x}{\sin x}\log^2\left(\frac{1+\cos x-\sin x}{1+\cos x+\sin x}\right)dx$$