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logarithmic scale


Earthquake force is measured with a logarithmic scale (the Richter scale).
  A scale in which positions are proportional to the logarithms of underlying values.

(editor’s note:  A normal (linear) scale might show one unit per inch; whereas a logarithmic scale (of base 10) might show 10 units at the first inch, 100 at the second, 1000 units for the 3rd, ...)
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Presentation of data on a logarithmic scale can be helpful when the data covers a large range of values.
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  • Earthquake force is measured with a logarithmic scale (the Richter scale).
  • Earthquake Richter magnitudes are based on a base 10 logarithmic scale.
  • Sound is measured logarithmically with decibels.
  • The relationship is clearer on a logarithmic scale.

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  • Fortunately, the segments were logarithmic.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • As Berman scribbles ahead toward logarithmic functions, Cedric wonders if he’s wrong to be so proud, and his mind slips back to something Long had said a few weeks ago in a Sunday sermon about the sin of pride, one of Bishop’s favorite subjects.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • And I thought about the question and I wasn’t sure what the answer was because I wanted to do my maths A level but Iwas very tired and when I tried to think about maths my brain didn’t work properly and when I tried to remember certain facts, like the logarithmic formula for the approximate number of prime numbers not greater than x, I couldn’t remember them and this made me frightened.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • …civilization—taking advantage of the results of all exploring expeditions, using new passages and all improvements in navigation;—charts to be studied, the position of reefs and new lights and buoys to be ascertained, and ever, and ever, the logarithmic tables to be corrected, for by the error of some calculator the vessel often splits upon a rock that should have reached a friendly pier—there is the untold fate of La Prouse;—universal science to be kept pace with, studying the lives…
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • He was merely sitting at a table, looking at logarithmic tables.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Worse than that, it is logarithmic.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die

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  • He read books on calculus and logarithmic algebra and loved what he called the poetry and symmetry of math.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • Wouldn’t you work all the better if you got away from your logarithmic tables now and then?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
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Associated words [difficulty]:   logarithmic scale [8] , mode [1] , median [4] , extrapolate [7] , regression analysis [7] , interpolate [9] , interpolate [9] , mean [9]
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