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Excel LN Function

Excel LN function

The Excel LN function returns the natural logarithm of a given number.

Get the natural logarithm of a number
Return value 
The natural logarithm
=LN (number)
  • number - A number to take the natural logarithm of.
Usage notes 

The natural logarithm function is the inverse of the exponential function and is used to model exponential decay. The function is equivalent to log base e of a number, where e is Euler's number. 


=LN(1) // returns 0
=LN(e) // returns 1
=LN(e^2) // returns 2

The equivalent form of the natural logarithm function is given by:

=LN(number)=LOG(number,e) // Where e ≈ 2.7128 or EXP(1)


Below is a graph of the natural log logarithm:

Graph of the natural logarithm function.

The natural logarithm function and exponential function are the inverse of each other, as you can see in the graph below:

Graph of the natural logarithm and exponential function.

This inverse relationship can be represented with the formulas below, which the input to the LN function is the output of the EXP function:

= LN(EXP(1)) // returns 1
= LN(EXP(2)) // returns 2
= LN(EXP(n)) // returns n

See wumbo.net for a more detailed explanations of key math concepts and formulas. 


  • The natural logarithm function can be defined as the area under a hyperbola. 
  • The function is used in applications relating to compound interest.

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