logarithmic scale


Definition of logarithmic scale

: a scale on which the actual distance of a point from the scale's zero is proportional to the logarithm of the corresponding scale number rather than to the number itself — compare arithmetic scale

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This logarithmic scale allows for an easier comparison of the exoplanets. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Dear Kepler: How you wrung worlds from the cosmos and changed my life," 7 Mar. 2019 Note: Population density is measured as people per square mile in 2017 and is plotted on a logarithmic scale from highest to lowest density. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "A Test of Trump: Midterms Could Result in a Mixed Verdict," 4 Nov. 2018 The logarithmic scale allows for an easier comparison of the exoplanets. 10,000 EARTH MASSES WARMER EXOPLANET TEMPERATURE COOLER DANIELA SANTAMARINA AND MICHAEL GRESHKO, NG STAFF. National Geographic, "How This New Probe Will Hunt for 'Alien' Earths," 14 Apr. 2018 Like the Richter scale for earthquakes, decibels are a logarithmic scale. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Blowout: The Old GM resurfaces in a bad decision about tires for Buick Regal TourX," 8 Feb. 2018 The crypocurrency’s plunge from Monday’s high of $19,511 to as low as $12,192 Friday isn’t even particularly eye-catching on a logarithmic scale, used to compare relative percentage-point sizes of moves. Bloomberg.com, "The History of Bitcoin Crashes Shows This Selloff Could Get Worse," 22 Dec. 2017 According to the logarithmic scale used to measure earthquakes, a 6.3 quake would be 10 times bigger than the one triggered by the North’s previous nuclear test in September 2016, which the USGS said had a magnitude of 5.3. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "North Korea Claims Test of Hydrogen Bomb for Long-Range Missile a Success," 3 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of logarithmic scale

1740, in the meaning defined above

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