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Logarithms and Logarithmic Functions

  • Remember that a logarithm is just an exponent.

  • Understand that the log function and the exponential function are inverses of each other.

  • Use this to solve problems.

  • Solve logarithmic equations with the same base by equating the expressions whose logarithms have been equated.

  • Solve logarithmic inequalities with the same base by applying the same inequality to the expressions whose logarithms have been compared.

  • In solving logarithmic equations or inequalities, always check for extraneous solutions -- values which result in taking the logarithm of a non-positive value in the original equation or inequality. Exclude such values from the solution set.

Logarithms and Logarithmic Functions

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  • Intro 0:00
  • What are Logarithms? 0:17
    • Examples
  • Logarithmic Functions 4:09
  • Graph of the Logarithmic Function 4:52
  • Properties 9:08
  • Inverse Property 10:47
  • Equations 11:44
    • Example
  • Inequalities 14:45
  • Equations with Logarithms on Both Sides 17:00
    • Example
  • Inequalities with Logarithms on Both Sides 19:17
    • Example
  • Lecture Example 1 20:31
  • Lecture Example 2 22:38
  • Additional Example 3
  • Additional Example 4