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

Examples of logarithmic scale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Note that the above graph has a logarithmic scale, in this case, each dash is 10 times higher than the one below it. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Busting coronavirus myths found on social media," 6 Oct. 2020 The mathematics of virology reside on a logarithmic scale. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "How long does it take to find out if you’ve been exposed to coronavirus?," 31 Aug. 2020 The data look very different when plotted on what is called a logarithmic scale. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "A Different Way to Chart the Spread of Coronavirus," 20 Mar. 2020 Here’s that same chart on a logarithmic scale, where every vertical step is 10-times greater in value than the vertical step below it. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "Venezuela just hiked its minimum wage 67% but a month of work still cant buy 1 kg of beef," 11 Jan. 2020 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

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First Known Use of logarithmic scale

1740, in the meaning defined above

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“Logarithmic scale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logarithmic%20scale. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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