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 The right panel, using a logarithmic scale shows earthquake numbers at both locations are rising exponentially at the same rate of increase. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Two decibels may not seem like much, but sound pressure is a logarithmic scale. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 26 June 2021 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, 6 Oct. 2020 The mathematics of virology reside on a logarithmic scale. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 31 Aug. 2020 The data look very different when plotted on what is called a logarithmic scale. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 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, 11 Jan. 2020 This logarithmic scale allows for an easier comparison of the exoplanets. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, 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, 4 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of logarithmic scale

1740, in the meaning defined above

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30 Sep 2021

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“Logarithmic scale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logarithmic%20scale. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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