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LogarithmsLogarithms have many applications in the real world. Since logs can take gigantic numbers and represent them with very small numbers, they are especially useful in science. This book discusses three main applications: pH, Richter scale, and Decibels.
pHThe pH scale measures whether a solution is acidic or basic. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. A pH of 7 is neutral, less than 7 is acidic, and greater than 7 is basic.
ExamplesExample 1 Find the pH of apple juice with a hydrogen ion concentration of 3.2 x 10-4 .
Video LessonTo learn how to calculate pH using logs, select the following link:
The Playground below is designed to take the mystery out of pH.
Find answers to various questions about the physical structure of matter, atoms, and related subjects.
Richter ScaleThe Richter scale is the best known scale for measuring the magnitude of earthquakes. The magnitude value is proportional to the logarithm of the amplitude of the strongest wave during an earthquake. A recording of 7, for example, indicates a disturbance with ground motion 10 times as large as a recording of 6. The energy released by an earthquake increases by a factor of 30 for every unit increase in the Richter scale.
ExampleIn 1997, a California Earthquake measured 3.2 on the Richter scale. How much energy was released?
Video LessonTo learn how to calculate Richter scale using logs, select the following link:
The intensity of sound is measured in a unit called the decibel (dB), which describes the relative intensity of a sound based on a logarithmic scale containing values ranging from 0 to 194.
A zero value on the decibel scale represents the weakest sound audible to humans and sound intensity increases in correspondence with numeric values. However, the relationship among the values on the decibel scale is not linear but logarithmic. A sound with a 50 dB level is not twice as intense as a sound with a 25 dB level. Rather, each three decibel increment affects a 50% change in sound pressure levels. Though reducing the decibel level produced by a sound source from 80 to 77 may not seem like a major change, it would actually represent a 50% reduction in audible sound.
The intensity of a sound reaching a person's ear depends not only on the intensity of the sound produced, but also on the persons distance from the source of the sound. If you were standing one foot away from a loud machine, for instance, you would experience higher decibel levels than if you were ten feet away, even though the intensity of the sound produced remains unchanged.
To calculate decibels, use the following formula: , where L is loudness and is 10-12 which is barely audible.
How loud is too loud?
PracticeLog Applications Worksheet
Answer KeyLog Applications Answer Key
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Embracing Mathematics, Assessment & Technology in High Schools; a Michigan Mathematics & Science Partnership Grant Project
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