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Why logarithms are actually useful: Simplifying Arrhenius temperature dependence using log tricks

Posted by Patrick on 3/18/16 9:30 AM

Learning about logarithms is one of those times in math class where you wonder if this will ever be useful in any way. I see lots of students struggle with topics like logs, since they can seem abstract and they aren’t obviously useful. But I’m here to explain why they are actually incredibly important and describe so much of the world we live in! Let’s take a look at an example from chemistry and physics that shows just how powerful logs can be - the Arrhenius Equation.

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Tags: physics, math