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    Hello, can you please slove the logarithm? I don't understand how to open it.

    Log_7[x+log_2(9-2^x)+4]=1




    I tried this
    Log_7(x+4)+Log_9(9-2^x)=1
    But not sure if it is right and don't know what to do next.

    EDIT:Oops, wrong topic :x
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    Quote Originally Posted by dzein View Post
    I tried this
    Log_7(x+4)+Log_9(9-2^x)=1
    But not sure if it is right....
    Um... no, it's not right.

    Have you studied logarithms at all? (The fact that you think bases can be added suggests not, but I don't want to assume.)
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    Nope, I missed some classes due to sickness :/
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    You note that you have not studied logs yet. (I guess you were sick for a couple of weeks?)

    The step-by-step instructions won't make any sense until you learn the material you missed, so that's where you'll need to start.

    Logarithms
    Log Rules
    Solving Log Equations
    Solving Exponential Equations

    After you've studied the above, you should be ready to at least get started on this exercise:

    Use "The Relationship" to convert the log-base-seven equation to the equivalent exponential form. Subtract the 4 and the x over to the right-hand side. Simplify.

    Use "The Relationship" again to covert the log-base-two equation to the equivalent exponential form.

    Then you'll need to get fancy. If you get stuck at that stage, please reply showing all of your steps so far, and we'll be glad to help you with the quadratic-form base-two exponential equation.
    Last edited by mr fantastic; September 17th 2009 at 06:46 AM. Reason: Moved from another thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dzein View Post
    Hello, can you please slove the logarithm? I don't understand how to open it.

    Log_7[x+log_2(9-2^x)+4]=1

    I tried this
    Log_7(x+4)+Log_9(9-2^x)=1
    But not sure if it is right and don't know what to do next.

    EDIT:Oops, wrong topic :x
    \log_7 [x + \log_2 (9-2^x) + 4] = 1

    \Rightarrow x + \log_2 (9-2^x) + 4 = 7

    \Rightarrow \log_2 (9-2^x) = 3 - x

    By inspection, x = 0 and x = 3 are the solutions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr fantastic View Post

    \Rightarrow \log_2 (9-2^x) = 3 - x
    Following up on this, we have 9-2^{x}=\frac{8}{2^{x}}, so 2^{2x}-9\cdot 2^{x}+8=\left( 2^{x}-1 \right)\left( 2^{x}-8 \right), and we should be able to finish this from here. (This agrees with mr fantastic's solutions.)
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    if f(x) = 2^(3 - x) + 2^x - 9, then the plot agrees with the roots obtained above, x = 0, 3
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