How to Do Natural Log in Google Sheets (Easiest Way in 2024)

May 8, 2024

Natural Log in Google Sheets

In Google Sheets, the natural logarithm of a number is calculated using the LN function. The natural logarithm is the logarithm to the base e, where e is an irrational and transcendental constant approximately equal to 2.71828.

The natural logarithm is widely used in various fields such as mathematics, physics, engineering, and statistics due to its natural properties in growth processes and compound interest calculations.

Google Sheets Natural Log Syntax

The syntax for the LN function is quite simple:

LN(value)

value: The number you want to calculate the natural logarithm for. This number must be positive.

How to Do Natural Log in Google Sheets

1. Select a Cell to Input the Natural Log Formula

In your spreadsheet, click on cell B1 to prepare for entering the formula that will calculate the natural logarithm of the number in cell A1.

2. Type =LN(A1) in the Formula Bar to Calculate Natural Log of Number in A1

In the formula bar, type =LN(A1). This formula tells Google Sheets to calculate the natural logarithm of the number in cell A1.

3. Press Enter to Display the Natural Logarithm in Cell B1

Press Enter to apply the formula. Cell B1 will display the natural logarithm of the number in cell A1.

4. Drag the Fill Handle from Cell B1 to B10 to Apply Formula to Remaining Numbers

Drag the fill handle from cell B1 to B10 to calculate the natural log for numbers 1 through 10. This action copies the formula to the other cells, adjusting the reference from A1 to A2, A3, etc., automatically.

5. Review Natural Log Results in Column B for Numbers 1 to 10

After dragging down, column B will show the natural logarithm for each number in column A, from 1 to 10.

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