Questions on Logarithmic Functions


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This page contains sample problems on logarithmic functions. They are for Self-assessment and Review.

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Evaluate the following. These should be done without a calculator.

  1. log381

  2. log51/125

  3. log 10,000

  4. ln (1/e3)

ANSWER

Give the domains of the following logarithmic functions:

  1. f(z) = ln z

  2. f(x) = log (x - 3)

  3. g(t) = log5(-t)

  4. h(x) = 1 - ln (x + 5)

ANSWER

You can find examples of the use of logarithms in solving exponential equations in the Questions on Exponential Functions found in this Field Guide.

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