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Sections 3.1–3.2
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
V63.0121.021, Calculus I
New York University
October 21, 2010
Annou...
. . . . . .
Announcements
Midterm is graded and
scores are on blackboard.
Should get it back in
recitation.
There is WebAs...
. . . . . .
Midterm Statistics
Average: 78.77%
Median: 80%
Standard Deviation: 12.39%
“good” is anything above average and...
. . . . . .
Objectives for Sections 3.1 and 3.2
Know the definition of an
exponential function
Know the properties of
expo...
. . . . . .
Outline
Definition of exponential functions
Properties of exponential Functions
The number e and the natural e...
. . . . . .
Derivation of exponential functions
Definition
If a is a real number and n is a positive whole number, then
an...
. . . . . .
Derivation of exponential functions
Definition
If a is a real number and n is a positive whole number, then
an...
. . . . . .
Anatomy of a power
Definition
A power is an expression of the form ab
.
The number a is called the base.
The n...
. . . . . .
Fact
If a is a real number, then
ax+y
= ax
ay
(sums to products)
ax−y
=
ax
ay
(ax
)y
= axy
(ab)x
= ax
bx
whene...
. . . . . .
Fact
If a is a real number, then
ax+y
= ax
ay
(sums to products)
ax−y
=
ax
ay
(differences to quotients)
(ax
)...
. . . . . .
Fact
If a is a real number, then
ax+y
= ax
ay
(sums to products)
ax−y
=
ax
ay
(differences to quotients)
(ax
)...
. . . . . .
Fact
If a is a real number, then
ax+y
= ax
ay
(sums to products)
ax−y
=
ax
ay
(differences to quotients)
(ax
)...
. . . . . .
Fact
If a is a real number, then
ax+y
= ax
ay
(sums to products)
ax−y
=
ax
ay
(differences to quotients)
(ax
)...
. . . . . .
Fact
If a is a real number, then
ax+y
= ax
ay
(sums to products)
ax−y
=
ax
ay
(differences to quotients)
(ax
)...
. . . . . .
Let's be conventional
The desire that these properties remain true gives us conventions
for ax
when x is not a...
. . . . . .
Let's be conventional
The desire that these properties remain true gives us conventions
for ax
when x is not a...
. . . . . .
Let's be conventional
The desire that these properties remain true gives us conventions
for ax
when x is not a...
. . . . . .
Let's be conventional
The desire that these properties remain true gives us conventions
for ax
when x is not a...
. . . . . .
Let's be conventional
The desire that these properties remain true gives us conventions
for ax
when x is not a...
. . . . . .
Conventions for negative exponents
If n ≥ 0, we want
an+(−n) !
= an
· a−n
V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Secti...
. . . . . .
Conventions for negative exponents
If n ≥ 0, we want
an+(−n) !
= an
· a−n
=⇒ a−n !
=
a0
an
=
1
an
V63.0121.021...
. . . . . .
Conventions for negative exponents
If n ≥ 0, we want
an+(−n) !
= an
· a−n
=⇒ a−n !
=
a0
an
=
1
an
Definition
I...
. . . . . .
Conventions for negative exponents
If n ≥ 0, we want
an+(−n) !
= an
· a−n
=⇒ a−n !
=
a0
an
=
1
an
Definition
I...
. . . . . .
Conventions for fractional exponents
If q is a positive integer, we want
(a1/q
)q !
= a1
= a
V63.0121.021, Cal...
. . . . . .
Conventions for fractional exponents
If q is a positive integer, we want
(a1/q
)q !
= a1
= a =⇒ a1/q !
= q
√
a...
. . . . . .
Conventions for fractional exponents
If q is a positive integer, we want
(a1/q
)q !
= a1
= a =⇒ a1/q !
= q
√
a...
. . . . . .
Conventions for fractional exponents
If q is a positive integer, we want
(a1/q
)q !
= a1
= a =⇒ a1/q !
= q
√
a...
. . . . . .
Conventions for irrational exponents
So ax
is well-defined if a is positive and x is rational.
What about irra...
. . . . . .
Conventions for irrational exponents
So ax
is well-defined if a is positive and x is rational.
What about irra...
. . . . . .
Conventions for irrational exponents
So ax
is well-defined if a is positive and x is rational.
What about irra...
. . . . . .
Approximating a power with an irrational exponent
r 2r
3 23
= 8
3.1 231/10
=
10
√
231
≈ 8.57419
3.14 2314/100
...
. . . . . .
Graphs of various exponential functions
. .x
.y
V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Fu...
. . . . . .
Graphs of various exponential functions
. .x
.y
.y = 1x
V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Expone...
. . . . . .
Graphs of various exponential functions
. .x
.y
.y = 1x
.y = 2x
V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3....
. . . . . .
Graphs of various exponential functions
. .x
.y
.y = 1x
.y = 2x.y = 3x
V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections...
. . . . . .
Graphs of various exponential functions
. .x
.y
.y = 1x
.y = 2x.y = 3x
.y = 10x
V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU)...
. . . . . .
Graphs of various exponential functions
. .x
.y
.y = 1x
.y = 2x.y = 3x
.y = 10x
.y = 1.5x
V63.0121.021, Calcul...
. . . . . .
Graphs of various exponential functions
. .x
.y
.y = 1x
.y = 2x.y = 3x
.y = 10x
.y = 1.5x
.y = (1/2)x
V63.0121...
. . . . . .
Graphs of various exponential functions
. .x
.y
.y = 1x
.y = 2x.y = 3x
.y = 10x
.y = 1.5x
.y = (1/2)x.y = (1/3...
. . . . . .
Graphs of various exponential functions
. .x
.y
.y = 1x
.y = 2x.y = 3x
.y = 10x
.y = 1.5x
.y = (1/2)x.y = (1/3...
. . . . . .
Graphs of various exponential functions
. .x
.y
.y = 1x
.y = 2x.y = 3x
.y = 10x
.y = 1.5x
.y = (1/2)x.y = (1/3...
. . . . . .
Outline
Definition of exponential functions
Properties of exponential Functions
The number e and the natural e...
. . . . . .
Properties of exponential Functions
.
.
Theorem
If a > 0 and a ̸= 1, then f(x) = ax
is a continuous function w...
. . . . . .
Properties of exponential Functions
.
.
Theorem
If a > 0 and a ̸= 1, then f(x) = ax
is a continuous function w...
. . . . . .
Properties of exponential Functions
.
.
Theorem
If a > 0 and a ̸= 1, then f(x) = ax
is a continuous function w...
. . . . . .
Simplifying exponential expressions
Example
Simplify: 82/3
V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exp...
. . . . . .
Simplifying exponential expressions
Example
Simplify: 82/3
Solution
82/3
=
3
√
82
=
3
√
64 = 4
V63.0121.021, C...
. . . . . .
Simplifying exponential expressions
Example
Simplify: 82/3
Solution
82/3
=
3
√
82
=
3
√
64 = 4
Or,
(
3
√
8
)2
...
. . . . . .
Simplifying exponential expressions
Example
Simplify: 82/3
Solution
82/3
=
3
√
82
=
3
√
64 = 4
Or,
(
3
√
8
)2
...
. . . . . .
Simplifying exponential expressions
Example
Simplify: 82/3
Solution
82/3
=
3
√
82
=
3
√
64 = 4
Or,
(
3
√
8
)2
...
. . . . . .
Limits of exponential functions
Fact (Limits of exponential
functions)
If a > 1, then lim
x→∞
ax
= ∞
and lim
x...
. . . . . .
Outline
Definition of exponential functions
Properties of exponential Functions
The number e and the natural e...
. . . . . .
Compounded Interest
Question
Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest
compounded once a yea...
. . . . . .
Compounded Interest
Question
Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest
compounded once a yea...
. . . . . .
Compounded Interest
Question
Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest
compounded once a yea...
. . . . . .
Compounded Interest
Question
Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest
compounded once a yea...
. . . . . .
Compounded Interest: quarterly
Question
Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest
compounded...
. . . . . .
Compounded Interest: quarterly
Question
Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest
compounded...
. . . . . .
Compounded Interest: quarterly
Question
Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest
compounded...
. . . . . .
Compounded Interest: quarterly
Question
Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest
compounded...
. . . . . .
Compounded Interest: quarterly
Question
Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest
compounded...
. . . . . .
Compounded Interest: monthly
Question
Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest
compounded t...
. . . . . .
Compounded Interest: monthly
Question
Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest
compounded t...
. . . . . .
Compounded Interest: general
Question
Suppose you save P at interest rate r, with interest compounded n
times ...
. . . . . .
Compounded Interest: general
Question
Suppose you save P at interest rate r, with interest compounded n
times ...
. . . . . .
Compounded Interest: continuous
Question
Suppose you save P at interest rate r, with interest compounded every...
. . . . . .
Compounded Interest: continuous
Question
Suppose you save P at interest rate r, with interest compounded every...
. . . . . .
The magic number
Definition
e = lim
n→∞
(
1 +
1
n
)n
V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponenti...
. . . . . .
The magic number
Definition
e = lim
n→∞
(
1 +
1
n
)n
So now continuously-compounded interest can be expressed ...
. . . . . .
Existence of e
See Appendix B
n
(
1 +
1
n
)n
1 2
2 2.25
V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Expone...
. . . . . .
Existence of e
See Appendix B
n
(
1 +
1
n
)n
1 2
2 2.25
3 2.37037
V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–...
. . . . . .
Existence of e
See Appendix B
n
(
1 +
1
n
)n
1 2
2 2.25
3 2.37037
10 2.59374
V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Se...
. . . . . .
Existence of e
See Appendix B
n
(
1 +
1
n
)n
1 2
2 2.25
3 2.37037
10 2.59374
100 2.70481
V63.0121.021, Calculu...
. . . . . .
Existence of e
See Appendix B
n
(
1 +
1
n
)n
1 2
2 2.25
3 2.37037
10 2.59374
100 2.70481
1000 2.71692
V63.0121...
. . . . . .
Existence of e
See Appendix B
n
(
1 +
1
n
)n
1 2
2 2.25
3 2.37037
10 2.59374
100 2.70481
1000 2.71692
106
2.71...
. . . . . .
Existence of e
See Appendix B
We can experimentally
verify that this number
exists and is
e ≈ 2.71828182845904...
. . . . . .
Existence of e
See Appendix B
We can experimentally
verify that this number
exists and is
e ≈ 2.71828182845904...
. . . . . .
Existence of e
See Appendix B
We can experimentally
verify that this number
exists and is
e ≈ 2.71828182845904...
. . . . . .
Meet the Mathematician: Leonhard Euler
Born in Switzerland, lived
in Prussia (Germany) and
Russia
Eyesight tro...
. . . . . .
A limit
.
.
Question
What is lim
h→0
eh − 1
h
?
V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Fu...
. . . . . .
A limit
.
.
Question
What is lim
h→0
eh − 1
h
?
Answer
e = lim
n→∞
(1 + 1/n)n
= lim
h→0
(1 + h)1/h
. So for a ...
. . . . . .
A limit
.
.
Question
What is lim
h→0
eh − 1
h
?
Answer
e = lim
n→∞
(1 + 1/n)n
= lim
h→0
(1 + h)1/h
. So for a ...
. . . . . .
Outline
Definition of exponential functions
Properties of exponential Functions
The number e and the natural e...
. . . . . .
Logarithms
Definition
The base a logarithm loga x is the inverse of the function ax
y = loga x ⇐⇒ x = ay
The n...
. . . . . .
Logarithms
Definition
The base a logarithm loga x is the inverse of the function ax
y = loga x ⇐⇒ x = ay
The n...
. . . . . .
Logarithms
Definition
The base a logarithm loga x is the inverse of the function ax
y = loga x ⇐⇒ x = ay
The n...
. . . . . .
Logarithms
Definition
The base a logarithm loga x is the inverse of the function ax
y = loga x ⇐⇒ x = ay
The n...
. . . . . .
Logarithms convert products to sums
Suppose y1 = loga x1 and y2 = loga x2
Then x1 = ay1 and x2 = ay2
So x1x2 =...
. . . . . .
Example
Write as a single logarithm: 2 ln 4 − ln 3.
V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponentia...
. . . . . .
Example
Write as a single logarithm: 2 ln 4 − ln 3.
Solution
2 ln 4 − ln 3 = ln 42
− ln 3 = ln
42
3
not
ln 42
...
. . . . . .
Example
Write as a single logarithm: 2 ln 4 − ln 3.
Solution
2 ln 4 − ln 3 = ln 42
− ln 3 = ln
42
3
not
ln 42
...
. . . . . .
Example
Write as a single logarithm: 2 ln 4 − ln 3.
Solution
2 ln 4 − ln 3 = ln 42
− ln 3 = ln
42
3
not
ln 42
...
. . . . . .
Graphs of logarithmic functions
. .x
.y
.y = 2x
.y = log2 x
. .(0, 1)
..(1, 0)
V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) ...
. . . . . .
Graphs of logarithmic functions
. .x
.y
.y = 2x
.y = log2 x
. .(0, 1)
..(1, 0)
.y = 3x
.y = log3 x
V63.0121.02...
. . . . . .
Graphs of logarithmic functions
. .x
.y
.y = 2x
.y = log2 x
. .(0, 1)
..(1, 0)
.y = 3x
.y = log3 x
.y = 10x
.y...
. . . . . .
Graphs of logarithmic functions
. .x
.y
.y = 2x
.y = log2 x
. .(0, 1)
..(1, 0)
.y = 3x
.y = log3 x
.y = 10x
.y...
. . . . . .
Change of base formula for exponentials
Fact
If a > 0 and a ̸= 1, and the same for b, then
loga x =
logb x
log...
. . . . . .
Change of base formula for exponentials
Fact
If a > 0 and a ̸= 1, and the same for b, then
loga x =
logb x
log...
. . . . . .
Example of changing base
Example
Find log2 8 by using log10 only.
V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–...
. . . . . .
Example of changing base
Example
Find log2 8 by using log10 only.
Solution
log2 8 =
log10 8
log10 2
≈
0.90309
...
. . . . . .
Example of changing base
Example
Find log2 8 by using log10 only.
Solution
log2 8 =
log10 8
log10 2
≈
0.90309
...
. . . . . .
Example of changing base
Example
Find log2 8 by using log10 only.
Solution
log2 8 =
log10 8
log10 2
≈
0.90309
...
. . . . . .
Upshot of changing base
The point of the change of base formula
loga x =
logb x
logb a
=
1
logb a
· logb x = c...
. . . . . .
.
.“lawn”
.
.Image credit: Selva
V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October...
. . . . . .
Summary
Exponentials turn sums into products
Logarithms turn products into sums
Slide rule scabbards are wicke...
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  1. 1. Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions V63.0121.021, Calculus I New York University October 21, 2010 Announcements Midterm is graded and scores are on blackboard. Should get it back in recitation. There is WebAssign due Monday/Tuesday next week. . . . . . .
  2. 2. . . . . . . Announcements Midterm is graded and scores are on blackboard. Should get it back in recitation. There is WebAssign due Monday/Tuesday next week. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 2 / 38
  3. 3. . . . . . . Midterm Statistics Average: 78.77% Median: 80% Standard Deviation: 12.39% “good” is anything above average and “great” is anything more than one standard deviation above average. More than one SD below the mean is cause for concern. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 3 / 38
  4. 4. . . . . . . Objectives for Sections 3.1 and 3.2 Know the definition of an exponential function Know the properties of exponential functions Understand and apply the laws of logarithms, including the change of base formula. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 4 / 38
  5. 5. . . . . . . Outline Definition of exponential functions Properties of exponential Functions The number e and the natural exponential function Compound Interest The number e A limit Logarithmic Functions V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 5 / 38
  6. 6. . . . . . . Derivation of exponential functions Definition If a is a real number and n is a positive whole number, then an = a · a · · · · · a n factors V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 6 / 38
  7. 7. . . . . . . Derivation of exponential functions Definition If a is a real number and n is a positive whole number, then an = a · a · · · · · a n factors Examples 23 = 2 · 2 · 2 = 8 34 = 3 · 3 · 3 · 3 = 81 (−1)5 = (−1)(−1)(−1)(−1)(−1) = −1 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 6 / 38
  8. 8. . . . . . . Anatomy of a power Definition A power is an expression of the form ab . The number a is called the base. The number b is called the exponent. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 7 / 38
  9. 9. . . . . . . Fact If a is a real number, then ax+y = ax ay (sums to products) ax−y = ax ay (ax )y = axy (ab)x = ax bx whenever all exponents are positive whole numbers. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 8 / 38
  10. 10. . . . . . . Fact If a is a real number, then ax+y = ax ay (sums to products) ax−y = ax ay (differences to quotients) (ax )y = axy (ab)x = ax bx whenever all exponents are positive whole numbers. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 8 / 38
  11. 11. . . . . . . Fact If a is a real number, then ax+y = ax ay (sums to products) ax−y = ax ay (differences to quotients) (ax )y = axy (repeated exponentiation to multiplied powers) (ab)x = ax bx whenever all exponents are positive whole numbers. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 8 / 38
  12. 12. . . . . . . Fact If a is a real number, then ax+y = ax ay (sums to products) ax−y = ax ay (differences to quotients) (ax )y = axy (repeated exponentiation to multiplied powers) (ab)x = ax bx (power of product is product of powers) whenever all exponents are positive whole numbers. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 8 / 38
  13. 13. . . . . . . Fact If a is a real number, then ax+y = ax ay (sums to products) ax−y = ax ay (differences to quotients) (ax )y = axy (repeated exponentiation to multiplied powers) (ab)x = ax bx (power of product is product of powers) whenever all exponents are positive whole numbers. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 8 / 38
  14. 14. . . . . . . Fact If a is a real number, then ax+y = ax ay (sums to products) ax−y = ax ay (differences to quotients) (ax )y = axy (repeated exponentiation to multiplied powers) (ab)x = ax bx (power of product is product of powers) whenever all exponents are positive whole numbers. Proof. Check for yourself: ax+y = a · a · · · · · a x + y factors = a · a · · · · · a x factors · a · a · · · · · a y factors = ax ay V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 8 / 38
  15. 15. . . . . . . Let's be conventional The desire that these properties remain true gives us conventions for ax when x is not a positive whole number. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 9 / 38
  16. 16. . . . . . . Let's be conventional The desire that these properties remain true gives us conventions for ax when x is not a positive whole number. For example, what should a0 be? We cannot write down zero a’s and multiply them together. But we would want this to be true: an = an+0 ! = an · a0 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 9 / 38
  17. 17. . . . . . . Let's be conventional The desire that these properties remain true gives us conventions for ax when x is not a positive whole number. For example, what should a0 be? We cannot write down zero a’s and multiply them together. But we would want this to be true: an = an+0 ! = an · a0 =⇒ a0 ! = an an = 1 (The equality with the exclamation point is what we want.) V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 9 / 38
  18. 18. . . . . . . Let's be conventional The desire that these properties remain true gives us conventions for ax when x is not a positive whole number. For example, what should a0 be? We cannot write down zero a’s and multiply them together. But we would want this to be true: an = an+0 ! = an · a0 =⇒ a0 ! = an an = 1 (The equality with the exclamation point is what we want.) Definition If a ̸= 0, we define a0 = 1. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 9 / 38
  19. 19. . . . . . . Let's be conventional The desire that these properties remain true gives us conventions for ax when x is not a positive whole number. For example, what should a0 be? We cannot write down zero a’s and multiply them together. But we would want this to be true: an = an+0 ! = an · a0 =⇒ a0 ! = an an = 1 (The equality with the exclamation point is what we want.) Definition If a ̸= 0, we define a0 = 1. Notice 00 remains undefined (as a limit form, it’s indeterminate). V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 9 / 38
  20. 20. . . . . . . Conventions for negative exponents If n ≥ 0, we want an+(−n) ! = an · a−n V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 10 / 38
  21. 21. . . . . . . Conventions for negative exponents If n ≥ 0, we want an+(−n) ! = an · a−n =⇒ a−n ! = a0 an = 1 an V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 10 / 38
  22. 22. . . . . . . Conventions for negative exponents If n ≥ 0, we want an+(−n) ! = an · a−n =⇒ a−n ! = a0 an = 1 an Definition If n is a positive integer, we define a−n = 1 an . V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 10 / 38
  23. 23. . . . . . . Conventions for negative exponents If n ≥ 0, we want an+(−n) ! = an · a−n =⇒ a−n ! = a0 an = 1 an Definition If n is a positive integer, we define a−n = 1 an . Fact The convention that a−n = 1 an “works” for negative n as well. If m and n are any integers, then am−n = am an . V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 10 / 38
  24. 24. . . . . . . Conventions for fractional exponents If q is a positive integer, we want (a1/q )q ! = a1 = a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 11 / 38
  25. 25. . . . . . . Conventions for fractional exponents If q is a positive integer, we want (a1/q )q ! = a1 = a =⇒ a1/q ! = q √ a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 11 / 38
  26. 26. . . . . . . Conventions for fractional exponents If q is a positive integer, we want (a1/q )q ! = a1 = a =⇒ a1/q ! = q √ a Definition If q is a positive integer, we define a1/q = q √ a. We must have a ≥ 0 if q is even. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 11 / 38
  27. 27. . . . . . . Conventions for fractional exponents If q is a positive integer, we want (a1/q )q ! = a1 = a =⇒ a1/q ! = q √ a Definition If q is a positive integer, we define a1/q = q √ a. We must have a ≥ 0 if q is even. Notice that q √ ap = ( q √ a )p . So we can unambiguously say ap/q = (ap )1/q = (a1/q )p V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 11 / 38
  28. 28. . . . . . . Conventions for irrational exponents So ax is well-defined if a is positive and x is rational. What about irrational powers? V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 12 / 38
  29. 29. . . . . . . Conventions for irrational exponents So ax is well-defined if a is positive and x is rational. What about irrational powers? Definition Let a > 0. Then ax = lim r→x r rational ar V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 12 / 38
  30. 30. . . . . . . Conventions for irrational exponents So ax is well-defined if a is positive and x is rational. What about irrational powers? Definition Let a > 0. Then ax = lim r→x r rational ar In other words, to approximate ax for irrational x, take r close to x but rational and compute ar . V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 12 / 38
  31. 31. . . . . . . Approximating a power with an irrational exponent r 2r 3 23 = 8 3.1 231/10 = 10 √ 231 ≈ 8.57419 3.14 2314/100 = 100 √ 2314 ≈ 8.81524 3.141 23141/1000 = 1000 √ 23141 ≈ 8.82135 The limit (numerically approximated is) 2π ≈ 8.82498 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 13 / 38
  32. 32. . . . . . . Graphs of various exponential functions . .x .y V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 14 / 38
  33. 33. . . . . . . Graphs of various exponential functions . .x .y .y = 1x V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 14 / 38
  34. 34. . . . . . . Graphs of various exponential functions . .x .y .y = 1x .y = 2x V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 14 / 38
  35. 35. . . . . . . Graphs of various exponential functions . .x .y .y = 1x .y = 2x.y = 3x V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 14 / 38
  36. 36. . . . . . . Graphs of various exponential functions . .x .y .y = 1x .y = 2x.y = 3x .y = 10x V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 14 / 38
  37. 37. . . . . . . Graphs of various exponential functions . .x .y .y = 1x .y = 2x.y = 3x .y = 10x .y = 1.5x V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 14 / 38
  38. 38. . . . . . . Graphs of various exponential functions . .x .y .y = 1x .y = 2x.y = 3x .y = 10x .y = 1.5x .y = (1/2)x V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 14 / 38
  39. 39. . . . . . . Graphs of various exponential functions . .x .y .y = 1x .y = 2x.y = 3x .y = 10x .y = 1.5x .y = (1/2)x.y = (1/3)x V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 14 / 38
  40. 40. . . . . . . Graphs of various exponential functions . .x .y .y = 1x .y = 2x.y = 3x .y = 10x .y = 1.5x .y = (1/2)x.y = (1/3)x .y = (1/10)x V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 14 / 38
  41. 41. . . . . . . Graphs of various exponential functions . .x .y .y = 1x .y = 2x.y = 3x .y = 10x .y = 1.5x .y = (1/2)x.y = (1/3)x .y = (1/10)x .y = (2/3)x V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 14 / 38
  42. 42. . . . . . . Outline Definition of exponential functions Properties of exponential Functions The number e and the natural exponential function Compound Interest The number e A limit Logarithmic Functions V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 15 / 38
  43. 43. . . . . . . Properties of exponential Functions . . Theorem If a > 0 and a ̸= 1, then f(x) = ax is a continuous function with domain (−∞, ∞) and range (0, ∞). In particular, ax > 0 for all x. For any real numbers x and y, and positive numbers a and b we have ax+y = ax ay ax−y = ax ay (ax )y = axy (ab)x = ax bx Proof. This is true for positive integer exponents by natural definition Our conventional definitions make these true for rational exponents Our limit definition make these for irrational exponents, too V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 16 / 38
  44. 44. . . . . . . Properties of exponential Functions . . Theorem If a > 0 and a ̸= 1, then f(x) = ax is a continuous function with domain (−∞, ∞) and range (0, ∞). In particular, ax > 0 for all x. For any real numbers x and y, and positive numbers a and b we have ax+y = ax ay ax−y = ax ay (negative exponents mean reciprocals) (ax )y = axy (ab)x = ax bx Proof. This is true for positive integer exponents by natural definition Our conventional definitions make these true for rational exponents Our limit definition make these for irrational exponents, too V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 16 / 38
  45. 45. . . . . . . Properties of exponential Functions . . Theorem If a > 0 and a ̸= 1, then f(x) = ax is a continuous function with domain (−∞, ∞) and range (0, ∞). In particular, ax > 0 for all x. For any real numbers x and y, and positive numbers a and b we have ax+y = ax ay ax−y = ax ay (negative exponents mean reciprocals) (ax )y = axy (fractional exponents mean roots) (ab)x = ax bx Proof. This is true for positive integer exponents by natural definition Our conventional definitions make these true for rational exponents Our limit definition make these for irrational exponents, too V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 16 / 38
  46. 46. . . . . . . Simplifying exponential expressions Example Simplify: 82/3 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 17 / 38
  47. 47. . . . . . . Simplifying exponential expressions Example Simplify: 82/3 Solution 82/3 = 3 √ 82 = 3 √ 64 = 4 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 17 / 38
  48. 48. . . . . . . Simplifying exponential expressions Example Simplify: 82/3 Solution 82/3 = 3 √ 82 = 3 √ 64 = 4 Or, ( 3 √ 8 )2 = 22 = 4. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 17 / 38
  49. 49. . . . . . . Simplifying exponential expressions Example Simplify: 82/3 Solution 82/3 = 3 √ 82 = 3 √ 64 = 4 Or, ( 3 √ 8 )2 = 22 = 4. Example Simplify: √ 8 21/2 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 17 / 38
  50. 50. . . . . . . Simplifying exponential expressions Example Simplify: 82/3 Solution 82/3 = 3 √ 82 = 3 √ 64 = 4 Or, ( 3 √ 8 )2 = 22 = 4. Example Simplify: √ 8 21/2 Answer 2 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 17 / 38
  51. 51. . . . . . . Limits of exponential functions Fact (Limits of exponential functions) If a > 1, then lim x→∞ ax = ∞ and lim x→−∞ ax = 0 If 0 < a < 1, then lim x→∞ ax = 0 and lim x→−∞ ax = ∞ . .x .y .y = .y = 2x .y = 3x .y = 10x .y =.y = (1/2)x.y = (1/3)x .y = (1/10)x .y = (2/3)x V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 18 / 38
  52. 52. . . . . . . Outline Definition of exponential functions Properties of exponential Functions The number e and the natural exponential function Compound Interest The number e A limit Logarithmic Functions V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 19 / 38
  53. 53. . . . . . . Compounded Interest Question Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest compounded once a year. How much do you have After one year? After two years? after t years? V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 20 / 38
  54. 54. . . . . . . Compounded Interest Question Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest compounded once a year. How much do you have After one year? After two years? after t years? Answer $100 + 10% = $110 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 20 / 38
  55. 55. . . . . . . Compounded Interest Question Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest compounded once a year. How much do you have After one year? After two years? after t years? Answer $100 + 10% = $110 $110 + 10% = $110 + $11 = $121 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 20 / 38
  56. 56. . . . . . . Compounded Interest Question Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest compounded once a year. How much do you have After one year? After two years? after t years? Answer $100 + 10% = $110 $110 + 10% = $110 + $11 = $121 $100(1.1)t . V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 20 / 38
  57. 57. . . . . . . Compounded Interest: quarterly Question Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest compounded four times a year. How much do you have After one year? After two years? after t years? V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 21 / 38
  58. 58. . . . . . . Compounded Interest: quarterly Question Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest compounded four times a year. How much do you have After one year? After two years? after t years? Answer $100(1.025)4 = $110.38, V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 21 / 38
  59. 59. . . . . . . Compounded Interest: quarterly Question Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest compounded four times a year. How much do you have After one year? After two years? after t years? Answer $100(1.025)4 = $110.38, not $100(1.1)4 ! V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 21 / 38
  60. 60. . . . . . . Compounded Interest: quarterly Question Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest compounded four times a year. How much do you have After one year? After two years? after t years? Answer $100(1.025)4 = $110.38, not $100(1.1)4 ! $100(1.025)8 = $121.84 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 21 / 38
  61. 61. . . . . . . Compounded Interest: quarterly Question Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest compounded four times a year. How much do you have After one year? After two years? after t years? Answer $100(1.025)4 = $110.38, not $100(1.1)4 ! $100(1.025)8 = $121.84 $100(1.025)4t . V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 21 / 38
  62. 62. . . . . . . Compounded Interest: monthly Question Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest compounded twelve times a year. How much do you have after t years? V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 22 / 38
  63. 63. . . . . . . Compounded Interest: monthly Question Suppose you save $100 at 10% annual interest, with interest compounded twelve times a year. How much do you have after t years? Answer $100(1 + 10%/12)12t V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 22 / 38
  64. 64. . . . . . . Compounded Interest: general Question Suppose you save P at interest rate r, with interest compounded n times a year. How much do you have after t years? V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 23 / 38
  65. 65. . . . . . . Compounded Interest: general Question Suppose you save P at interest rate r, with interest compounded n times a year. How much do you have after t years? Answer B(t) = P ( 1 + r n )nt V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 23 / 38
  66. 66. . . . . . . Compounded Interest: continuous Question Suppose you save P at interest rate r, with interest compounded every instant. How much do you have after t years? V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 24 / 38
  67. 67. . . . . . . Compounded Interest: continuous Question Suppose you save P at interest rate r, with interest compounded every instant. How much do you have after t years? Answer B(t) = lim n→∞ P ( 1 + r n )nt = lim n→∞ P ( 1 + 1 n )rnt = P [ lim n→∞ ( 1 + 1 n )n independent of P, r, or t ]rt V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 24 / 38
  68. 68. . . . . . . The magic number Definition e = lim n→∞ ( 1 + 1 n )n V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 25 / 38
  69. 69. . . . . . . The magic number Definition e = lim n→∞ ( 1 + 1 n )n So now continuously-compounded interest can be expressed as B(t) = Pert . V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 25 / 38
  70. 70. . . . . . . Existence of e See Appendix B n ( 1 + 1 n )n 1 2 2 2.25 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 26 / 38
  71. 71. . . . . . . Existence of e See Appendix B n ( 1 + 1 n )n 1 2 2 2.25 3 2.37037 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 26 / 38
  72. 72. . . . . . . Existence of e See Appendix B n ( 1 + 1 n )n 1 2 2 2.25 3 2.37037 10 2.59374 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 26 / 38
  73. 73. . . . . . . Existence of e See Appendix B n ( 1 + 1 n )n 1 2 2 2.25 3 2.37037 10 2.59374 100 2.70481 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 26 / 38
  74. 74. . . . . . . Existence of e See Appendix B n ( 1 + 1 n )n 1 2 2 2.25 3 2.37037 10 2.59374 100 2.70481 1000 2.71692 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 26 / 38
  75. 75. . . . . . . Existence of e See Appendix B n ( 1 + 1 n )n 1 2 2 2.25 3 2.37037 10 2.59374 100 2.70481 1000 2.71692 106 2.71828 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 26 / 38
  76. 76. . . . . . . Existence of e See Appendix B We can experimentally verify that this number exists and is e ≈ 2.718281828459045 . . . n ( 1 + 1 n )n 1 2 2 2.25 3 2.37037 10 2.59374 100 2.70481 1000 2.71692 106 2.71828 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 26 / 38
  77. 77. . . . . . . Existence of e See Appendix B We can experimentally verify that this number exists and is e ≈ 2.718281828459045 . . . e is irrational n ( 1 + 1 n )n 1 2 2 2.25 3 2.37037 10 2.59374 100 2.70481 1000 2.71692 106 2.71828 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 26 / 38
  78. 78. . . . . . . Existence of e See Appendix B We can experimentally verify that this number exists and is e ≈ 2.718281828459045 . . . e is irrational e is transcendental n ( 1 + 1 n )n 1 2 2 2.25 3 2.37037 10 2.59374 100 2.70481 1000 2.71692 106 2.71828 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 26 / 38
  79. 79. . . . . . . Meet the Mathematician: Leonhard Euler Born in Switzerland, lived in Prussia (Germany) and Russia Eyesight trouble all his life, blind from 1766 onward Hundreds of contributions to calculus, number theory, graph theory, fluid mechanics, optics, and astronomy Leonhard Paul Euler Swiss, 1707–1783 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 27 / 38
  80. 80. . . . . . . A limit . . Question What is lim h→0 eh − 1 h ? V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 28 / 38
  81. 81. . . . . . . A limit . . Question What is lim h→0 eh − 1 h ? Answer e = lim n→∞ (1 + 1/n)n = lim h→0 (1 + h)1/h . So for a small h, e ≈ (1 + h)1/h . So eh − 1 h ≈ [ (1 + h)1/h ]h − 1 h = 1 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 28 / 38
  82. 82. . . . . . . A limit . . Question What is lim h→0 eh − 1 h ? Answer e = lim n→∞ (1 + 1/n)n = lim h→0 (1 + h)1/h . So for a small h, e ≈ (1 + h)1/h . So eh − 1 h ≈ [ (1 + h)1/h ]h − 1 h = 1 It follows that lim h→0 eh − 1 h = 1. This can be used to characterize e: lim h→0 2h − 1 h = 0.693 · · · < 1 and lim h→0 3h − 1 h = 1.099 · · · > 1 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 28 / 38
  83. 83. . . . . . . Outline Definition of exponential functions Properties of exponential Functions The number e and the natural exponential function Compound Interest The number e A limit Logarithmic Functions V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 29 / 38
  84. 84. . . . . . . Logarithms Definition The base a logarithm loga x is the inverse of the function ax y = loga x ⇐⇒ x = ay The natural logarithm ln x is the inverse of ex . So y = ln x ⇐⇒ x = ey . V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 30 / 38
  85. 85. . . . . . . Logarithms Definition The base a logarithm loga x is the inverse of the function ax y = loga x ⇐⇒ x = ay The natural logarithm ln x is the inverse of ex . So y = ln x ⇐⇒ x = ey . Facts (i) loga(x1 · x2) = loga x1 + loga x2 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 30 / 38
  86. 86. . . . . . . Logarithms Definition The base a logarithm loga x is the inverse of the function ax y = loga x ⇐⇒ x = ay The natural logarithm ln x is the inverse of ex . So y = ln x ⇐⇒ x = ey . Facts (i) loga(x1 · x2) = loga x1 + loga x2 (ii) loga ( x1 x2 ) = loga x1 − loga x2 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 30 / 38
  87. 87. . . . . . . Logarithms Definition The base a logarithm loga x is the inverse of the function ax y = loga x ⇐⇒ x = ay The natural logarithm ln x is the inverse of ex . So y = ln x ⇐⇒ x = ey . Facts (i) loga(x1 · x2) = loga x1 + loga x2 (ii) loga ( x1 x2 ) = loga x1 − loga x2 (iii) loga(xr ) = r loga x V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 30 / 38
  88. 88. . . . . . . Logarithms convert products to sums Suppose y1 = loga x1 and y2 = loga x2 Then x1 = ay1 and x2 = ay2 So x1x2 = ay1 ay2 = ay1+y2 Therefore loga(x1 · x2) = loga x1 + loga x2 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 31 / 38
  89. 89. . . . . . . Example Write as a single logarithm: 2 ln 4 − ln 3. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 32 / 38
  90. 90. . . . . . . Example Write as a single logarithm: 2 ln 4 − ln 3. Solution 2 ln 4 − ln 3 = ln 42 − ln 3 = ln 42 3 not ln 42 ln 3 ! V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 32 / 38
  91. 91. . . . . . . Example Write as a single logarithm: 2 ln 4 − ln 3. Solution 2 ln 4 − ln 3 = ln 42 − ln 3 = ln 42 3 not ln 42 ln 3 ! Example Write as a single logarithm: ln 3 4 + 4 ln 2 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 32 / 38
  92. 92. . . . . . . Example Write as a single logarithm: 2 ln 4 − ln 3. Solution 2 ln 4 − ln 3 = ln 42 − ln 3 = ln 42 3 not ln 42 ln 3 ! Example Write as a single logarithm: ln 3 4 + 4 ln 2 Answer ln 12 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 32 / 38
  93. 93. . . . . . . Graphs of logarithmic functions . .x .y .y = 2x .y = log2 x . .(0, 1) ..(1, 0) V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 33 / 38
  94. 94. . . . . . . Graphs of logarithmic functions . .x .y .y = 2x .y = log2 x . .(0, 1) ..(1, 0) .y = 3x .y = log3 x V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 33 / 38
  95. 95. . . . . . . Graphs of logarithmic functions . .x .y .y = 2x .y = log2 x . .(0, 1) ..(1, 0) .y = 3x .y = log3 x .y = 10x .y = log10 x V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 33 / 38
  96. 96. . . . . . . Graphs of logarithmic functions . .x .y .y = 2x .y = log2 x . .(0, 1) ..(1, 0) .y = 3x .y = log3 x .y = 10x .y = log10 x .y = ex .y = ln x V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 33 / 38
  97. 97. . . . . . . Change of base formula for exponentials Fact If a > 0 and a ̸= 1, and the same for b, then loga x = logb x logb a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 34 / 38
  98. 98. . . . . . . Change of base formula for exponentials Fact If a > 0 and a ̸= 1, and the same for b, then loga x = logb x logb a Proof. If y = loga x, then x = ay So logb x = logb(ay ) = y logb a Therefore y = loga x = logb x logb a V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 34 / 38
  99. 99. . . . . . . Example of changing base Example Find log2 8 by using log10 only. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 35 / 38
  100. 100. . . . . . . Example of changing base Example Find log2 8 by using log10 only. Solution log2 8 = log10 8 log10 2 ≈ 0.90309 0.30103 = 3 V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 35 / 38
  101. 101. . . . . . . Example of changing base Example Find log2 8 by using log10 only. Solution log2 8 = log10 8 log10 2 ≈ 0.90309 0.30103 = 3 Surprised? V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 35 / 38
  102. 102. . . . . . . Example of changing base Example Find log2 8 by using log10 only. Solution log2 8 = log10 8 log10 2 ≈ 0.90309 0.30103 = 3 Surprised? No, log2 8 = log2 23 = 3 directly. V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 35 / 38
  103. 103. . . . . . . Upshot of changing base The point of the change of base formula loga x = logb x logb a = 1 logb a · logb x = constant · logb x is that all the logarithmic functions are multiples of each other. So just pick one and call it your favorite. Engineers like the common logarithm log = log10 Computer scientists like the binary logarithm lg = log2 Mathematicians like natural logarithm ln = loge Naturally, we will follow the mathematicians. Just don’t pronounce it “lawn.” V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 36 / 38
  104. 104. . . . . . . . .“lawn” . .Image credit: Selva V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 37 / 38
  105. 105. . . . . . . Summary Exponentials turn sums into products Logarithms turn products into sums Slide rule scabbards are wicked cool V63.0121.021, Calculus I (NYU) Sections 3.1–3.2 Exponential Functions October 21, 2010 38 / 38

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