20050716, 15:46  #1 
Jun 2005
Near Beetlegeuse
2^{2}×97 Posts 
Converting Logs
I was actually rather interested in the math content of an earlier thread, so if no one minds I would like to revisit that topic.
The discussion was about converting logs from one base to another, and especially to base e. I wasnâ€™t able to follow the example given, but have come up with the following: If y = a^x, then log(y) = xlog(a) So log(y) / log(a) = x So to convert from log_10 to log_e I get Log_10(y) / Log_10(e) = base e log of y Is this correct? 
20050716, 17:03  #2 
Jul 2004
Potsdam, Germany
3·277 Posts 
If I haven't misread something, that is totally correct (and the way to use when a calculator only has log_10).

20050716, 18:32  #3 
Jun 2005
Near Beetlegeuse
2^{2}·97 Posts 
Thank you very much.
Maybe I was able to follow the other example after all. 
20050716, 23:21  #4 
Sep 2002
1226_{8} Posts 
And e (in base 10) is 2.718281828 to 9 places after the decimal point.
To get e take the inverse natural log of 1, using the Windows XP calculator in Scientific mode press 1 Inv ln 
20050717, 00:17  #5 
Jun 2005
Near Beetlegeuse
2^{2}·97 Posts 
e by gum
dsouza123,
That would account for my error. I had been using the series 1 + 1/1! + 1/2! + ... 1/12! which gives 2.7182818283, and this resulted in my experiments with my conversion formula to sometimes give results that did not quite agree (although only in the ninth or tenth decimal place). Inv ln(1) is much more accurate (not to say simpler) and consistently gives the correct result, thank you very much. 
20050814, 06:29  #6 
Aug 2002
Carlsbad, Calif.
37 Posts 
I like "1 Inv ln" for e too. As for a quicker converging expression than
1 + 1/1! + 1/2! + 1/3! + 1/4! + ... + 1/12! try 1 + 2/1/1  2/1/7 + 2/7/71  2/71/1001 + 2/1001/18089  2/18089/398959 + The pattern: 1 + 6x1 = 7, 1 + 10x7 = 71, 7 + 14x71 = 1001, 71 + 18x1001 = 18089, 1001 + 22x18089 = 398959, etc. It's based on this continued fraction: e = 1 + 2/(1 + 1/(6 + 1/(10 + 1/(14 + 1/(18 + 1/(22 + ...)))))) Last fiddled with by Glenn Leider on 20050814 at 06:37 
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