# EXPONENTS & LOGARITHMS

EXPONENTS
In the expression a b , a is called the base and b is called the exponent. Integer Exponents : When n is a positive integer, and x is a real number, then the n-th power of x is written as x n = x Bx Bx Bx Bx ……AA multiplied n times Example :
f g4 1f f f

3

1f 1f 1f 1f 1f f f f f ff f f f f ff ff = A A A = 3 3 3 3 81
6

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@ 2 = @ 2 A @ 2 A @ 2 A @ 2 A @ 2 A @ 2 = 64
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but @2 = @ 2.2 A 2.2 A 2.2 = @ 64

Laws of exponents : B C for a and b being real numbers and m and n being integers
am A an = am + n
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m aff m @ n ff ff ff =a an d em m aff af f f f ff ff ff = m b b 0 a =1

ab am

= a mn 1ff ff ff ff a@ m = m a
an

am

= am A b

m

p am = m a

1f ff ff ff f

w w w w w w w

Example:
x 3 A x 9 = x 3 + 9 = x 12
9 xff 9 @ 5 ff ff f =x = x4 5 x d e5 5 xff xf f f f ff ff f = 5 2 2

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2x A 2x
a5

a4 `

a@ 5 `

= 2x

a4 @ 5 `

= 2x

a@ 1

b c3

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2x = 2 A x 5 = 32 x 5
5

f1ff ff ffff 1f ffff ff fff ff f = ` a1 = 2x 2x

x2 = x6
@2

f g0 2f f f

3

=1

5

=

1f ff ff 1f ff ff f ff = 2 5 25

Example : Simplify

b

2 3 2xfffffffffffff y 3x y 4 fffffffffffffff fffffffffffffff fffffffffffffff f

c4b

x2 y

c@ 3

Solution :
b
2 3 y 3x y 4 2xfffffffffffff fffffffffffffff fffffffffffffff fffffffffffffff f

c4b

x2 y

c@ 3

b c4 1 ffffff fff ffffff fff ffffff 1 ff f = 2x 2 y 3 A bfffffff fff c3 A 2 3x y 4 x y

1ff ff ff using a@ m = ff am using ab
` am

=2 x2
4

b c4b

1 fffffff fff fffffff fff ffffff 1 ff = 16 x 8 y12 A fffffff fff A f 3 12 27 x y x 2 y 8 12 16ffffff fffffff ffffff fx y = fffffff 27 x 5 y13 16f ff f f = ffx 3 y@ 1 27
@2 @3 xfyffffff fffff ff f fffff f zf k Example : Simplify j fffff@ff x 2 y3 z 4

c4 1 f f ffffffff fff ffffffff fff fffffff 1 ff y 3 A ffffffcff fff A 2 b 3 3 3 x y 4 3 x y

= am b

m

using ab

`

am

= am b

m

using a m a n = a m + n
m aff ff ff using ff= a m @ n an

h

i@ 3

Solution :
h

y@ 2 z@ 3 k ffffffff fffffff fffffff j xfffffff x 2 y 3 z@ 4
b b b

i 3 @ c@ 3

= x 1 @ 2 A y@ 2 @ 3 A z@ 3 + 4 = x @ 1 y@ 5 z1 = x@ 1
c@ 3b c@ 3

Using

m aff m @ n ff ff ff =a an

y@ 5

= x 3 y15 z@ 3 =
3 15 xfffff y fffff ffff ffff z3

c@ 3` a@ 3

z

Using ab Using a m
`

`

am an

= am A b = a mn 1ff ff ff ff am

m

Using a@ m =

We know that 4 where n is an integer means 4 multiplied n times. But if the power is a 2f f f f f 2f f rational number like f then what will 4 3 mean? To understand that we first need to 3
1f f f f f

n

understand 4 3 , which is a radical. If n is a positive integer then the principal n-th root of a is defined as
1f ff f f f w w w w w w nw p a = a n = b when b n = a

If n is even, a must be positive for b to be real, because as b = a , any real number b w w w w w w nw multiplied even number of times will be positive. So, if n is even and a is negative, p a ww ww ww ww ww ww w w 4ww is not real. ( p@ 5 is not real and is a complex number. If n is even we must have a ≥ 0 and b ≥ 0
n

w w w w w ww ww ww ww ww ww w w 3w 3ww However, if n is odd, a can be either positive or negative. ( p5 and p@ 5 are both real ).

n 1 A p ab = p a p b w w w w w ww pw w w w w w nw w w a fff f fff f fff f fff n af w w w w w w 2 A r = pw b n b

ww ww w w w w w w nww

w nw w w w w w w w w w w w w

p qn 3 A m p a = mn a ww ww w w w w w w nww

www www ww ww ww ww ww ww w w w w w w w

w w w w w w w

4 A p a n = a if n is odd, ` a root n a n = |a| if n is even A Examples :
ww 5f ww ff ww f w w w w w f 5f f f f f w w w w w 4 4w q x 5 = pw = x 4 x

Rational Exponents :

Rational exponent or fractional exponent has a rational number in the power like
2f f f f f 1f f f f f 8f f f f f

4 3 , 8 2 , a 3 etc. w w w w w w nw If m and n are integers , n>0 and a is a real number and p a is also a real number
w w w w w w nw a n = pa b
mf ff ff ff f

cm

or

a n = pa m

mf ff ff ff f

ww ww ww w w w w w nww

With this definition it is easy to see that the Laws of Exponents can also be applied to Rational Exponents. Example :
64
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@ 1f f f f f 3

1 f ffff f ff ffff 1f ff fff ff 1 f = ffff 3ffff= f = ww ww ww w w w w w 1f f p64 4 64 3
2f f f f f

www www ww ww ww ww ww ww a ` a2 3www @ 27 3 = p@ 27 = @ 3 = 9
@ 5f f f f f 3

x

1f ffff 1f ff fff f f fff ww w w w w w w = ffff 3ffwf = wwf 5f x 3 qx 5
d

b

c2

Example : Simplify

2x 4 y

@

4f f f f f 5

e3b

8 y2

f f f f c 2f

3

Solution :
d d

2x y
3

4

@

4f f f f f 5

e3b

8y

= 2 x 4 B3 y = 2 x y
3 12

@

4f ed f f f f B3 5

f f f f c 2f 2 3

2f f f f f

83 y

2B

e 2f f f f f 3

d d

@

12f ff ff ff f f 5

efb g 2f f f f f w c2 w w w w 3w p8 y 2 B 3

= 2 x 12 y
3 3 2

@

e 12f fb w c2 ff ff ff f f w w w w 3w p 5

8

y3

g 4f f f f f

= 2 A2 x 12 y = 2 x 12 y
5

@

12f 4f ff f ff f ff f f f f + 5 3

@fffffff 36 f 20 ffff+fff ffffffff ffffffff fffffff 15

= 32 x 12 y

@

16f ff ff ff f f 15

EXPONENTIAL FUNCTION
Earlier we have studied exponents like 2 or a b . Here the exponents 3 and b are constants. Can we put a variable (say x ) in the exponent and express a function that way? x sin x ? Yes, we can. These are called exponential functions. Something like 4 or 2
3

In a function, if the independent variable is in the exponent, and the base is a real number greater than 0 and not equal to 1, it is called an exponential function. It is expressed as ` a f x = a x , where a is a real number, a>0, a ≠ 1. The domain of this exponential function (i.e. the possible values of x ) is the set of real numbers. a x is a real number for any real number x. Example : 2 , 3
etc are examples of exponential functions. 3 x 2 is an exponential function, as the independent variable x is in the exponent, and the base 2 is a real number greater than 0. , ,2
x @x

f g2x 1f f f

@ x2

Graphs of exponential functions :

To draw the graph of exponential functions y = f(x), we make a table consisting two columns : one for x and one for y . We take different values of x and calculate the corresponding values of y or f(x) . Then we plot the points in a graph and join them with a smooth curve. This is the graph of the given exponential function . We try to draw the graph of f x = 2 taking y = 2 and making the table -4 -3 -2 -1 0 1 2 3 x: 1f 1f 1f 1f 1 2 4 8 y: ff ff ff f f f f f f f 16 8 4 2
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x
x

4 16

We try to draw the graph of f x = 3 taking y = 3 -4 -3 -2 -1 0 x: 81 27 9 3 1 y:
` a
@x

@x

and making the table 1 2 3 1f 1f 1f f f f f ff ff ff 9 27 3

4 1f ff ff ff 81

We plot them in the graph and get the following graphs.

The irrational number e is defined as : 1f 1f 1f 1f f f f ff f f f f e = 1 + ff ff ff ff ' 1 + + + + 1! 2! 3! 4! f gn 1f f f f = n lim 1 + Q1 n It can be shown that e ≈ 2.71828

LOGARITHM
If a m = N where N>0 and a>0,a ≠ 1 , then m = loga N m is the logarithm of N to the base a A
b c b c

Examples :
1 A Find log5 125 A We know, 5 = 125 [ then log5 125 = 3 A 2 A Find log5 0.04 A 4ff ff ff fff ff 1f @ 2 fff 1f ff ff ff f f = = =5 We know, 0.04 = 100 25 5 2 [ then log5 0.04 = @ 2
3

3 A Find log5 @ 10 A We know, there is no real number x for which 5 = @ 10 ` a [ then log5 @ 10 is undefined A
x

`

a

Rules of Logarithm : By using the laws of exponents mentioned above, we can prove the following rules of logarithm : b c for m>0, n>0, a>0 & a ≠ 1, b being any real number ,

1 A loga mn = loga m + loga n d e mf ff f 2 A loga ff = loga m @ loga n n
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3 A loga a b = b 4 A loga m x = x loga m
When e is used as a base for logarithm :
b c

The irrational number e as defined earlier in this chapter is used as a base in calculation logarithm. A special symbol “ln” is used for this. ln m = loge m Natural logarithm : The logarithm with base as e is called natural logarithm. So natural logarithm of 100 is ln 100 = loge 100 = 4.605
Common logarithm : The logarithm with base as 10 is called common logarithm. It is sometimes denoted by omitting the base. So, log 100 = log10 100 = 2

Example ` a : ` a a log4 2 + log4 32 = log4 2 A 32 = log4 64 = 3
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Law 1

b log2 48 @ log2 3 = log2 = log2 16 = 4

f

48f ff ff ff f 3

g

Law 2

Change of base : Sometimes we need to change the base of the logarithm. If the base is changed from b to a for the logarithm of x , then the relation is logfff ffafff ffff ff ff ffx logb x = loga b
logfff fffff` a ln x ffefff fffff fffff fffff ff x This can be used to change the base from 10 to e , log10 x = ffffff ffffffapprox = loge 10 2.3026

This is very useful to find logarithm with uncommon base which cannot be found directly in the calculator (the calculator gives direct values of natural and common logarithms only). So, to find log3 8 , we can use b c logff lnff 8 ffff fff f8 fff ff log3 8 = ffff common log or log3 8 = fff (natural log) ln 3 log 3

LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS
A function of the form f x = loga x is called a logarithmic function. This is meaningful only when a>0 and a ≠ 1 A
` a

If we take f x = loga x = y, then by the properties of logarithm, x = a y = F y which is an exponential function of y. So, a logarithmic function can be seen as an inverse of an exponential function. Thus the functions y = loga x, and x = a y are equivalent.
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Some properties of logarithmic function f x = loga x : 1. The domain of the function (i.e. the values of x), is the set of all positive real numbers. 2. The range i.e. the values of f(x), is the set of real numbers. 3. f(1) = 0 and f(a) = 1. 4. f is an increasing function when a>1 and decreasing function if 0<a<1 (see the graphs below).
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Below is the graph of y = log3 x (as 3>1, the value of y increases with the increase in x)

Below is the graph of y = log0.5 x (as 0.5<1, the value of y decreases with the increase in x)

Drawing graphs of logarithmic functions :

To draw the graph of logarithmic functions y = f(x), we make a table consisting two columns : one for x and one for y . We take different values of x and calculate the corresponding values of y or f(x) . Then we plot the points in a graph and join them with a smooth curve. This is the graph of the given exponential function . We try to draw the graph of f x = log2 x taking y = log2 x and making the table 1f 1f 1f 1f 1 2 4 8 x: ff ff ff f f f f f f f 16 8 4 2 -4 -3 -2 -1 0 1 2 3 y: We plot them in the graph and get the following graph.
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