Base (Algebra)

Pronunciation: /beɪs/ ?
(1)

In algebra, a base is a number or variable that is raised to a power in exponents and logarithms.[1] In the exponential expression bx, b is the base and x is the exponent.

In the logarithmic expression logbx, the base is b.

(2)

In base n numbering systems, the base of the system is the number that is represented by the digits 10.

References

  1. base. merriam-webster.com. Encyclopedia Britannica. (Accessed: 2010-01-04). http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/base.
  2. Fischer, George Egbert, Ph.D. and Schwatt, Isaac J., Ph.D.. Rudiments of Algebra, pg 35. Fischer and Schwatt, 1901. (Accessed: 2010-01-08). http://www.archive.org/stream/rudimentsalgebr00schwgoog#page/n47/mode/1up/search/base.
  3. Jones, Burton. Elementary Concepts of Mathematics, pp 42-51. MacMillan and Company, 1947. (Accessed: 2010-01-12). http://www.archive.org/stream/elementaryconcep029487mbp#page/n63/mode/1up/search/base.

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2010-01-10: Added "References" (McAdams, David.)
2008-11-20: Added qualifier 'Algebra' to the title, expanded 'More Information' (McAdams, David.)
2007-07-12: Initial version (McAdams, David.)

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