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Theory

Take a look at the applet: Logarithmic function

A function of the form $f\left(x\right)={}^{g}log\left(x\right)$ is called a logarithmic function. In this function, $g>0$ and $g\ne 1$ is a fixed given base.

The graphs of the functions $y={g}^{x}$ en $y={}^{g}log\left(x\right)$ are mirror images of each other with respect to the line $y=x$. They are inverse functions of each other.

You can therefore derive the characteristics of $y={}^{g}log\left(x\right)$ from those of $y={g}^{x}$:

• the domain is $⟨0,\to ⟩$;

• the range is $ℝ$;

• the graph is increasing while $g>1$, and decreasing while $0;

• the $y$ -axis is the vertical asymptote of the graph.

All functions that can be derived from transformations of $y={}^{g}log\left(x\right)$ are called logarithmic functions.