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Perform Logarithms in Your Head

1. When someone gives you any positive number, you should immediately ‘write’ that number in scientific notation in your head.

2. Next, focus only on the exponent of the number (written in scientific notation). This number will be the basis of you answer.

3. Estimate the logarithm of the abscissa in your head (thats the number between 1 and 9.999999…, not part of the exponent). Note: you’ll need to memorize the table below (its not that hard).

4. Add the logarithm of the abscissa to the exponent you found in step 2.

What follows are the values for the logs you’ll need to have memorized for step 3…

log(1)=0
log(2)=.3010
log(3)=.4771
log(4)=.6020
log(5)=.6990
log(6)=.7781
log(7)=.8451
log(8)=.9031
log(9)=.9542

As an example, lets find the logarithm of 29,012. Written in scientific notation, that would be 2.9012 X 10^4. So, the exponent is 4. Now, we need to concentrate on the abscissa (2.9012 is very very close to 3). From our table above (which we have memorized for the trick), the logarithm of 3 is 0.4771. So, we add the exponent (4), to the log of the abscissa (0.48), to get a value of 4.4771

Perform Logarithms in Your Head

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About Lekshmana Perumal M

Proud be an Indian, passion to teaching & learn, love mathematics, enjoy with family & friends, job to code. Care about child education, Indian culture
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