How do you expand #log(x(x^3+9)^(-1/2))#?

1 Answer
Mar 20, 2016

Answer:

We must use the log properties to simplify.

Explanation:

1) Use #log_n(a xx b) = log_na + log_nb# to seperate the expression into two logarithmic expressions.

= #logx + log(x^3 + 9)^(-1/2)#

2). Use #loga^x = xloga# to get rid of the exponent.

Since the exponent is negative, we should first use the exponential property #a^(-n) = 1/(a^n)#

=#logx + log(1/(x^3 + 9)^(1/2))#

=#logx + 1/2log(1/(x^3 + 9))#

3). We now use the rule #log_a(n/m) = log_an - log_am#

=#logx + 1/2(log1 - log(x^3 + 9))#

=#logx + 1/2log1 - 1/2log(x^3 + 9)#

Since #log1 = 0#, we are left with #logx - 1/2log(x^3 + 9)#

We could have just used the negative #-1/2# at step 2, but I took the opportunity to show you an additional log rule.

Hopefully this helps!