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Logarithm Properties




 
In these lessons, we will look at the four properties of logarithms and their proofs. They are the product rule, quotient rule, power rule and change of base rule.

You may also want to look at the lesson on how to use the logarithm properties.

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The following table gives a summary of the logarithm properties. Scroll down the page for more explanations and examples on how to proof the logarithm properties.
logarithm properties


The logarithm properties are

1) Product Rule
The logarithm of a product is the sum of the logarithms of the factors.
loga xy = loga x + loga y

2) Quotient Rule

The logarithm of a quotient is the logarithm of the numerator minus the logarithm of the denominator

loga = loga x - loga y

3) Power Rule

loga xn = nloga x

4) Change of Base Rule


where x and y are positive, and a > 0, a ≠ 1




Proof for the Product Rule

loga xy = loga x + loga y

Proof:

Step 1:
Let m = loga x and n = loga y

Step 2: Write in exponent form
x = am and y = an

Step 3: Multiply x and y
x
y = am an = am+n

Step 4: Take log a of both sides and evaluate
log a xy = log a am+n
log a xy = (m + n) log a a
log a xy = m + n
log a xy = loga x + loga y

Proof for the Quotient Rule

loga = loga x - loga y

Proof:

Step 1:
Let m = loga x and n = loga y

Step 2: Write in exponent form
x = am and y = an

Step 3: Divide x by y
x
÷ y = am ÷ an = am - n

Step 4: Take log a of both sides and evaluate
log a (x ÷ y) = log a am - n
log a (x ÷ y) = (m - n) log a a
log a (x ÷ y) = m - n
log a (x ÷ y) = loga x - loga y

Proof for the Power Rule
loga xn = nloga x

Proof:

Step 1:
Let m = loga x

Step 2: Write in exponent form
x = am

Step 3: Raise both sides to the power of n
xn
= ( am )n

Step 4: Convert back to a logarithmic equation
log a xn = mn

Step 5: Substitute for m = loga x
log a xn = n loga x



 
Proof for the Change of Base Rule

Proof:

Step 1:
Let x = loga b

Step 2: Write in exponent form
ax = b

Step 3: Take log c of both sides and evaluate
log c ax = log c b
x
log c a = log c b

Videos: Proof of the logarithm properties
Product Rule: log A + log B = log AB


Power Rule: Alog B = log BA and
Quotient Rule: log A - log B = log (A/B)
Change of Base Rule: loga B = log x B/ log x A


 


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