log

Natural logarithm

Syntax

Description

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Y = log(X) returns the natural logarithm ln(x) of each element in array X.

The log function's domain includes negative and complex numbers, which can lead to unexpected results if used unintentionally. For negative and complex numbers, log returns the complex logarithm

log|z|+iatan2(y,x).

Use reallog instead if you want negative and complex numbers to return error messages rather than return complex results.

Examples

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Natural Logarithm of Negative Numbers

Show that the natural logarithm of -1 is .

log(-1)
ans =

   0.0000 + 3.1416i

Real-Valued Natural Logarithm

Create a vector of real numbers in the interval [0.25,5].

X = (0.25:0.25:5)';

Calculate the natural logarithm of the vector, X.

Y = log(X)
Y =

   -1.3863
   -0.6931
   -0.2877
         0
    0.2231
    0.4055
    0.5596
    0.6931
    0.8109
    0.9163
    1.0116
    1.0986
    1.1787
    1.2528
    1.3218
    1.3863
    1.4469
    1.5041
    1.5581
    1.6094

Complex-Valued Natural Logarithm

Create two Cartesian grids for X and Y.

[X,Y] = meshgrid(0:0.5:1.5,-2:0.5:2);

Calculate the complex natural logarithm $\ln(X + iY)$ on the grid. Use 1i for improved speed and robustness with complex arithmetic.

Z = log(X + 1i*Y)
Z =

   0.6931 - 1.5708i   0.7235 - 1.3258i   0.8047 - 1.1071i   0.9163 - 0.9273i
   0.4055 - 1.5708i   0.4581 - 1.2490i   0.5893 - 0.9828i   0.7520 - 0.7854i
   0.0000 - 1.5708i   0.1116 - 1.1071i   0.3466 - 0.7854i   0.5893 - 0.5880i
  -0.6931 - 1.5708i  -0.3466 - 0.7854i   0.1116 - 0.4636i   0.4581 - 0.3218i
     -Inf + 0.0000i  -0.6931 + 0.0000i   0.0000 + 0.0000i   0.4055 + 0.0000i
  -0.6931 + 1.5708i  -0.3466 + 0.7854i   0.1116 + 0.4636i   0.4581 + 0.3218i
   0.0000 + 1.5708i   0.1116 + 1.1071i   0.3466 + 0.7854i   0.5893 + 0.5880i
   0.4055 + 1.5708i   0.4581 + 1.2490i   0.5893 + 0.9828i   0.7520 + 0.7854i
   0.6931 + 1.5708i   0.7235 + 1.3258i   0.8047 + 1.1071i   0.9163 + 0.9273i

Input Arguments

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X — Input arrayscalar | vector | matrix | multidimensional array

Input array, specified as a scalar, vector, matrix, or multidimensional array.

Data Types: single | double
Complex Number Support: Yes

Output Arguments

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Y — Logarithm valuesscalar | vector | matrix | multidimensional array

Logarithm values, returned as a scalar, vector, matrix, or multidimensional array.

For positive real values of X in the interval (0, Inf), Y is in the interval (-Inf,Inf). For complex and negative real values of X, Y is complex. The data type of Y is the same as that of X.

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