Problem 597

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aTree
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Problem 597

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Clarification question:
Suppose that, in a particular race, each boat $B_j$ rows at a steady speed $v_j=−logX_j$ metres per second...
Is this log base 10 or base e?

Thanks.

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Re: Problem 597

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Forgot to include a link:
https://projecteuler.net/problem=597

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Re: Problem 597

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aTree wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:00 am
Is this log base 10 or base e?
You can take it to be base $e$ ... but actually it doesn't matter because a different base would just scale all speeds by the same constant without affecting the sequence of events.

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Re: Problem 597

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RobertStanforth wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:24 am
aTree wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:00 am
Is this log base 10 or base e?
You can take it to be base $e$ ... but actually it doesn't matter because a different base would just scale all speeds by the same constant without affecting the sequence of events.
Right, thanks. That was useful.

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