Unit 7: Logarithms and Exponents

The natural logarithm is considered one of the most beautiful things about mathematics. Euler's number, the base of natural logarithms, arises in a mysterious way in many things (hence the name ``natural''. Logs and exponents allow us to do things that we weren't able to do before with calculus.

Many students do not have a strong background with logs and exponents. You are enouraged to look over the basic rules of logs and exponents before diving into the calculus.

Also covered in this unit are hyperbolic trig functions. Hyperbolic trig funtions are defined using exponents, yet have behaviors comporable to normal trig functions.


After compelting this unit, you should:

Suggested procedure:

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