The Log Scale is a part of the VCE Further Maths topic Data Analysis and subtopic Investigating Data Distributions. This post looks at the use of a log (base 10) scale to display data ranging over several orders of magnitude and their interpretation in powers of ten.
A log scale is used to display a wide range of data in a compact way. This is especially useful when the largest values are many hundreds larger than the smallest values.
So What is a Logarithm?
This video looks at the definition of a logarithm, and its use in mathematics.
How Do I Use a Log Scale?
This next video looks at using a log scale to display scaled data.
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