October 30, 2006

Jefferson's scribe post - brief intro to logs

We were given questions as usual:


a) f(x) = sinx on the interval [-pi/2, pi/2]
*sketch a normal sine function to start.
since there was a domain given erase the graph so that the sine function is between -[pi/2 and pi/2]

a) g(x) = cosx on the interval [0, pi]

*pretty much the same as the top

c)h(x) = tanx on the interval [-pi/2, pi/2]

*and again the same steps apply here

next we were asked to sketch the inverse of the three graphs


*draw the line of reflection y=x.
the coordinates change from (x,y) to (y,x) ei (2,3) to (3,2)
the original graph is just flipped over the line of reflection


*same rules apply

c) *this one may be a little tricky
draw the line of reflection to start out with
since the graph is being reflected, so are the asymptotes
the asymptotes are now at x = 0 (orange)

Next we were asked to sketch:

y = 2^x

*the two most easy points you can get are when you input 0 and 1. If you replace x with 0 as an input you get an output (y coord) as 1. if you replace x with 1 as an input, then you get an output of 2

y = 3^x
next we had to sketch the inverse of the two :
*draw the line of reflection first. since the graph is being flipped over the line y = x, the asymptote(blue) is also being flipped.
*the new asymptote is at y = 0 (seen in red)
*if you forget the order of pairs (x,y) are flipped to (y,x)

y = 1/(2^x)
y = 1/(3^x)

when you input a number you nonetheless gt an output of the result. the inputs of these graphs are the exponents(x). And from the input you get an output of a power. IE 2^2(input/exponent) = 4(output/power)

Now when you do the inverse, the input is the power and the output is the exponent. it's basically saying it backwards, that's pretty much what an inverse is...sorta.

NOW it is time for me to bring in the logarithm aka the LOG(no not the tree log) . a log is a number but not any number. its a number that is formed from a result. An example Will come up later on this scribe post.


b = base
a = exponent
c = power

this is the basic formula for powers and exponents

a logarithm reverses that equation:

logb(c) = a

this equation says that a logarithm is an EXPONENT!
you WILL i repeat WILL hear Mr k repeat this 100 times! because students will often forget about this

here's an example:

23 = 8
log2(8) = 3

*the 8 and 3 switch because a logarithm is an exponent.

heres another
53 = 125

log5125= 3

the next scribe will be.....jhoann


  1. You are a master of the image. Were those done in paint. It doesn't look like it. You should make a post and give instruction on what you are using to create those images. If you are using paint. Wow. If you are not your classmates would benefit from your expertise.

    Thanks for taking the time to create such a terrific scribe post.

    Mr. Harbeck
    Sargent Park School

  2. yes i used paint..unfortunatly it is so tedious

  3. Hello pc40s Does this belong in the hall of fame. I think the use of paint to create these images alone gets Jefferson in. Leave a comment and explain why it is worthy.

    Mr. Harbeck
    Sargent Park School