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A to Z of Excel Functions: The IMLOG10 Function

12 October 2020

Welcome back to our regular A to Z of Excel Functions blog. Today we look at the IMLOG10 function.

The IMLOG10 function

An imaginary number is a complex number that can be written as a real number multiplied by the imaginary unit (sometimes denoted j) which is defined by its property i2 = −1.  In general, the square of an imaginary number bi is −b2.  For example, 9i is an imaginary number, and its square is −81.  Zero is considered to be both real and imaginary.

An imaginary number bi can be added to a real number a to form a complex number of the form a + bi, where the real numbers a and b are called, respectively, the real part and the imaginary part of the complex number.

Sometimes you might wish to calculate the common logarithm of a complex number in base 10.  The common logarithm (base 10) of a complex number may be calculated from the natural logarithm:

IMLOG10 returns the common logarithm (base 10) of a complex number that is in the x + yi or x + yj text format.  The function employs the following syntax to operate:

IMLOG10(inumber)

The IMLOG10 function has the following argument:

• inumber: this is required and represents the complex number for which you wish to calculate the common logarithm (base 10).

It should be further noted that:

• you should use >COMPLEX to convert real and imaginary coefficients into a complex number
• IMLOG10 recognises either the i or j notation
• if inumber is a value that is not in the x + yi or x + yj text format, IMLOG10 returns the #NUM! error value
• if inumber is a logical value, IMLOG10 returns the #VALUE! error value
• if the complex number ends in +i or -i (or j), i.e. there is no coefficient between the operator and the imaginary unit, there must be no space, otherwise IMLOG10 will return an #NUM! error.