 Rules and properties of logarithms
A logarithm is the exponent (the power) to which a base must be raised to yield a given number, that is
y = loga if   x = a y.
 Examples:  Notation: Common logarithms of x, log10 x (to the base 10) are often written log x, without the base explicitly indicated while, Natural logarithms, loge x (to the base e, where e = 2,718218... ), are written ln x.
Therefore,
 loga ax = x loga a = 1 loga 1 = 0
Logarithms are used to simplify multiplication, division and exponentiation so that,
 loga (m · n) = loga m + loga n loga mn = n · loga m Example:  Using the rules of logarithms find the value of x.
 Solution:  Changing the base – different logarithmic identities
Using the identity  In a similar way   therefore, Similarly, and Example:   If   log 2 x = 7  then  log 4 2x = ?.
 Solution: Example:   If   a = log 10 then  log 10 25 = ?.
 Solution: Example:   Find the value of the expression Solution: Example:   Find the value of the expression Solution: Example:   Find the value of the expression Solution: Example:    If   a = log 5 and  b = log 3  then  log 30 8 = ?.
 Solution: Example:   Find the value of the expression Solution:    College algebra contents D 