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how to use log table to find log and antilog to find pH and concentration???
The logarithm of a number has two parts the first of which is the exponent of 10, called the characteristic, and the second part is a decimal called the mantissa which is read from the log tables. The characteristic can be positive or negative. The negative characteristic is written with a bar above the number. The mantissa is always a positive decimal less than 1.
How to find log:
To look up a logarithm of say, 15.27, you would First work out the characteristic, in this case it is 1 Run your index finger down the lefthand column until it reaches 15 Now move it right until it is on column 2 (it should be over 1818) Using another finger, find the difference on column 7 of the differences (20) Add the difference.
So the logarithm of 15.27 is 1.1818 + 0.0020 = 1.1838
Antilog of x is equal to 10^{x}
For example find the antilog of 2.6992
The number before the decimal point is 2, so the decimal point will be after the first 3 digits.
From the antilog table, read off the row for .69 and column of 9; the number given in the table is 5000. The mean difference in the same row and under the column 2 is 2. To get the inverse of mantissa add 5000 + 2 = 5002.
Now place a decimal point after the first 3 digits and you get the number 500.2
Calculation of concentration from pH:
The pH is equal to the base 10 logarithm of the H^{+} concentration, multiplied by 1. If you know the pH of a solution, you can use this formula in reverse to calculate the H^{+} concentration in that solution.
For ex: calculate [H^{+}] of a solution with pH= 4.30
pH =  log [H^{+}]
4.30 =  log [H^{+}]
 4.30 = log [H^{+}]
Divide 4.30 into 2 parts so that the first part contains the decimal places and second part the whole number.
4.30 = 0.70  5 = log [H^{+}]
Find the antilog:
Antilog of 0.70 = 5.0
Antilog of 5 = 10^{5}
Now, multiply both the antilog to get [H^{+}]:
5.0 x 10^{5 }= [H^{+}]
So, [H^{+}] = 5.0 x 10^{5 }M