2003 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 24

Problem

If $a\geq b > 1,$ what is the largest possible value of $\log_{a}(a/b) + \log_{b}(b/a)?$

$\mathrm{(A)}\ -2      \qquad \mathrm{(B)}\ 0     \qquad \mathrm{(C)}\ 2      \qquad \mathrm{(D)}\ 3      \qquad \mathrm{(E)}\ 4$

Solution

Using logarithmic rules, we see that

\[\log_{a}a-\log_{a}b+\log_{b}b-\log_{b}a = 2-(\log_{a}b+\log_{b}a)\] \[=2-(\log_{a}b+\frac {1}{\log_{a}b})\]

Since $a$ and $b$ are both positive, using AM-GM gives that the term in parentheses must be at least $2$, so the largest possible values is $2-2=0 \Rightarrow \boxed{\textbf{B}}.$

Note that the maximum occurs when $a=b$.

Video Solution

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See Also

2003 AMC 12A (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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