# Exponential and Logarithmic Equations

## Sec. 4.3 Laws of Logarithms

There are 3 basic laws for logarithms and

they each come from the three basic laws for

combining exponents .

These are the common mistakes with

Logarithms. Watch for these.

There is often not much you can do to

simplify expressions like these (either the

left side or the right).

Examples of Simplifying : Combine into a

single (more complicated) log function.

Change of Base Formula

This gives the formula (usually used with

‘log’ or ‘ln’)

## Sec. 4.4 Exponential and Logarithmic

Equations

Guidelines for Solving Exponential Equations (page 359)

· Isolate the exponential expression on one side of the equation

· Take the logarithm of each side, then “bring down the exponent”

(which gets the variable out of the exponent )

· Use algebra to solve for the variable . And check your answer.

Guidelines for Solving Logarithmic Equations (page 362)

· Isolate the logarithmic expression on one side of the equation (you

may first need to combine the log terms )

· Raise the base to each side of the equation. (This gets rid of the log

function)

· Use algebra to solve for the variable . And check your answer.

Examples

Examples of Exponential equations.

Examples. Try it two ways . First, get the exponential part
by itself, then take logs.

Second. Take Logs to start and use Laws of Logarithms to simplify.

Examples of Logarithm Equations

Examples.

Examples.

Hw Problems Sec. 4.3 Use the Laws of Exponents to Expand the Logarithm into several simpler ones.

Hw Problems Sec. 4.3 Use the Laws of Exponents to combine the Logarithms.

Hw Problems Sec. 4.4 Solve the following equations

Hw Problems Sec. 4.4 Solve the following equations

HW Problems:

69. Find the time required for an investment of $5000 to grow to $8000 at an
interest rate of 7.5%

compounded quarterly .

HW 77. A small lake is stocked with fish. The population is modeled by the function

where P(t) is the population (in thousands) t years after
the lake was stocked.

a) Find the population when t=0, when t= 3 and when t = 100 years.

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