# A to Z of Excel Functions: the IMLOG2 Function

19 October 2020

*Welcome back to our regular A to Z of Excel Functions blog. Today we look at the IMLOG2 function. *

**The IMLOG2 function**

An imaginary number is a complex number that can be written as a real number multiplied by the imaginary unit **i **(sometimes denoted **j**) which is defined by its property **i ^{2}** = −1. In general, the square of an imaginary number

**bi**is

**−b**. For example, 9

^{2}**i**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 **rea**l 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 base-2 logarithm of a complex number. The common logarithm (base 2) of a complex number may be calculated from the natural logarithm:

**IMLOG2 **returns the binary logarithm of a complex number that is in the **x + yi** or **x + yj** text format. The function employs the following syntax to operate:

**IMLOG2(inumber)**

The **IMLOG2** function has the following argument:

**inumber:**this is required and represents the complex number for which you wish to calculate the binary logarithm.

It should be further noted that:

- you should use
**COMPLEX**to convert real and imaginary coefficients into a complex number **IMLOG2**recognises either the**i**or**j**notation- if
**inumber**is a value that is not in the**x + yi**or**x + yj**text format,**IMLOG2**returns the*#NUM!*error value - if
**inumber**is a logical value,**IMLOG2**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**IMLOG2**will return an*#NUM!*error.

Please see my example below:

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