The derivative of the natural logarithm is given by
This leads to the Taylor series for ln(1 + x) around 0:
(Figure 1) is a picture of ln(1 + x) and some of its Taylor polynomials around 0. These approximations converge to the function only in the region −1 < x ≤ 1; outside of this region the higher-degree Taylor polynomials are worse approximations for the function.
Substituting x − 1 for x, we obtain an alternative form for ln(x) itself:
By using Euler transform, we reach the following equation, which is valid for any x with absolute value greater than 1:
The natural logarithm allows simple integration of functions of the form g(x) = f '(x)/f(x): an antiderivative of g(x) is given by ln(|f(x)|). This is the case because of the chain rule and the following fact:
In other words,
Here is an example in the case of g(x) = tan(x):
Letting f(x) = cos(x) and f'(x)= – sin(x):
where C is an arbitrary constant of integration.
The natural logarithm can be integrated using integration by parts: