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    Logs/Exponent Questions

    A few question i cannot solve and need some help on:
    1) ln(5x)-ln(3-2x)=1
    2) ln(x)+ln(3x+1)=1
    3) 8e^-x-e^x


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    Last edited by Paymemoney; December 7th 2009 at 03:41 PM. Reason: meant to be log to the base e
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paymemoney View Post
    A few question i cannot solve and need some help on:
    1) log(5x)-log(3-2x)=1
    2) log(x)+log(3x+1)=1
    3) 8e^-x-e^x


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    I'll do the first as an example

    log(5x)-log(3-2x)=1

    log\left(\frac{5x}{3-2x}\right) = 1

    \frac{5x}{3-2x} = 10^1 = 10

    5x = 30-20x

    25x = 30

    x = \frac{6}{5}
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    ok, well I've solved 1) & 2) but how would i solve 3)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paymemoney View Post
    ok, well I've solved 1) & 2) but how would i solve 3)?
    To solve 3 it will need to be equal to something

    As it stands you can only take out a factor of e^{-x}

    8e^{-x}-e^x = e^{-x}(8-e^{2x})
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    i think the equation is meant to be 8e^{-x}-e^{x}=2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paymemoney View Post
    i think the equation is meant to be 8e^{-x}-e^{x}=2
    In that case multiply throughout by e^x

    8-e^{2x}=2e^x

    Rearrange into the form ax^2+bx+c=0

    e^{2x}+2e^x-8=0

    Solve the quadratic (this one factorises) and then find x using the natural log. Remember that one solution will not be real.

    I get solutions of

    x = ln(2) REAL

    and

    x = ln(-4) = ln(4) + i\pi COMPLEX


    You may only need the REAL solution
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    ok thanks
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