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Math.Log Method (Double, Double)

Returns the logarithm of a specified number in a specified base.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static double Log(
	double a,
	double newBase
)

Parameters

a
Type: System.Double

A number whose logarithm is to be found.

newBase
Type: System.Double

The base of the logarithm.

Return Value

Type: System.Double
In the following table +Infinity denotes PositiveInfinity, -Infinity denotes NegativeInfinity, and NaN denotes NaN.

a

newBase

Return Value

a > 0

(0 < newBase < 1) -or-(newBase > 1)

lognewBase(a)

a < 0

(any value)

NaN

(any value)

newBase < 0

NaN

a != 1

newBase = 0

NaN

a != 1

newBase = +Infinity

NaN

a = NaN

(any value)

NaN

(any value)

newBase = NaN

NaN

(any value)

newBase = 1

NaN

a = 0

0 < newBase < 1

+Infinity

a = 0

newBase > 1

-Infinity

a = +Infinity

0 < newBase < 1

-Infinity

a = +Infinity

newBase > 1

+Infinity

a = 1

newBase = 0

0

a = 1

newBase = +Infinity

0

The following example uses Log to evaluate certain logarithmic identities for selected values.

// Example for the Math.Log( double ) and Math.Log( double, double ) methods. 
using System;

class LogDLogDD
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
        Console.WriteLine( 
            "This example of Math.Log( double ) and " +
            "Math.Log( double, double )\n" +
            "generates the following output.\n" );
        Console.WriteLine( 
            "Evaluate these identities with " +
            "selected values for X and B (base):" );
        Console.WriteLine( "   log(B)[X] == 1 / log(X)[B]" );
        Console.WriteLine( "   log(B)[X] == ln[X] / ln[B]" );
        Console.WriteLine( "   log(B)[X] == log(B)[e] * ln[X]" );

        UseBaseAndArg(0.1, 1.2);
        UseBaseAndArg(1.2, 4.9);
        UseBaseAndArg(4.9, 9.9);
        UseBaseAndArg(9.9, 0.1);
    }

    // Evaluate logarithmic identities that are functions of two arguments. 
    static void UseBaseAndArg(double argB, double argX)
    {
        // Evaluate log(B)[X] == 1 / log(X)[B].
        Console.WriteLine( 
            "\n                   Math.Log({1}, {0}) == {2:E16}" + 
            "\n             1.0 / Math.Log({0}, {1}) == {3:E16}", 
            argB, argX, Math.Log(argX, argB),
            1.0 / Math.Log(argB, argX) );

        // Evaluate log(B)[X] == ln[X] / ln[B].
        Console.WriteLine( 
            "        Math.Log({1}) / Math.Log({0}) == {2:E16}",
            argB, argX, Math.Log(argX) / Math.Log(argB) );

        // Evaluate log(B)[X] == log(B)[e] * ln[X].
        Console.WriteLine( 
            "Math.Log(Math.E, {0}) * Math.Log({1}) == {2:E16}", 
            argB, argX, Math.Log(Math.E, argB) * Math.Log(argX) );
    }
}

/*
This example of Math.Log( double ) and Math.Log( double, double )
generates the following output.

Evaluate these identities with selected values for X and B (base):
   log(B)[X] == 1 / log(X)[B]
   log(B)[X] == ln[X] / ln[B]
   log(B)[X] == log(B)[e] * ln[X]

                   Math.Log(1.2, 0.1) == -7.9181246047624818E-002
             1.0 / Math.Log(0.1, 1.2) == -7.9181246047624818E-002
        Math.Log(1.2) / Math.Log(0.1) == -7.9181246047624818E-002
Math.Log(Math.E, 0.1) * Math.Log(1.2) == -7.9181246047624804E-002

                   Math.Log(4.9, 1.2) == 8.7166610085093179E+000
             1.0 / Math.Log(1.2, 4.9) == 8.7166610085093161E+000
        Math.Log(4.9) / Math.Log(1.2) == 8.7166610085093179E+000
Math.Log(Math.E, 1.2) * Math.Log(4.9) == 8.7166610085093179E+000

                   Math.Log(9.9, 4.9) == 1.4425396251981288E+000
             1.0 / Math.Log(4.9, 9.9) == 1.4425396251981288E+000
        Math.Log(9.9) / Math.Log(4.9) == 1.4425396251981288E+000
Math.Log(Math.E, 4.9) * Math.Log(9.9) == 1.4425396251981288E+000

                   Math.Log(0.1, 9.9) == -1.0043839404494075E+000
             1.0 / Math.Log(9.9, 0.1) == -1.0043839404494075E+000
        Math.Log(0.1) / Math.Log(9.9) == -1.0043839404494075E+000
Math.Log(Math.E, 9.9) * Math.Log(0.1) == -1.0043839404494077E+000
*/

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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