Study Guide: Logarithms and Exponentials

Produced by Graham Currell, University of the West of England, Bristol in association with:
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Essential Mathematics and Statistics for Science, 2nd Edition
   Graham Currell and Antony Dowman, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009

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Most resource topics listed below include a short self-assessment exercise with video answers. If you need further help in understanding these topics, you may be able to link directly to a suggested resource and/or search the Discover Maths for Chemists website  for other resources using the appropriate 'keywords' and 'level'.

Resource topics in order of development
(click to run self-assessment)
Keywords Level
Powers or indices powers, indices Basic
Logarithms and powers of 10 and e logarithm, exponential Basic
Properties of logarithms logarithm Basic
Calculations with logs and exponentials logarithm, exponential Basic
Rearranging exponential equations rearranging exponential Intermediate
Exponential growth and decay exponential, growth, decay Intermediate

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