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    logarithims

    i'm getting stuck ....a little help please

     5^{x-2} = 4^x

    i got..
    log 5 ^{x-2} = log 4^x
    (x-2) log 5 = x log 4

    and i'm stuck here...
    Last edited by extraordinarymachine; December 17th 2009 at 02:33 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by extraordinarymachine View Post
    i'm getting stuck ....a little help please

     5^x-2 = 4^x

    i got..
    log 5 ^x-2 = log 4^x <<<<<<<<< never commit such a crime again!
    (x-2) log 5 = x log 4

    and i'm stuck here...
    Do you mean

    5^x - 2 = 4^x If so

    \left(\dfrac54 \right)^x = 2~\implies~x=\log_{\frac54}(2)=\dfrac{\ln(2)}{\ln(  5)-\ln(4)}

    or

    5^{x-2} = 4^x If so

    \frac1{25} \cdot 5^x = 4^x~\implies~\left(\dfrac54 \right)^x = 25 ~\implies~x=\log_{\frac54}(25)=\dfrac{\ln(25)}{\ln  (5)-\ln(4)}
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    Quote Originally Posted by earboth View Post
    Do you mean

    5^x - 2 = 4^x If so

    sorry i messed up the question, i ment to write it like this

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    Quote Originally Posted by extraordinarymachine View Post
    i'm getting stuck ....a little help please

     5^{x-2} = 4^x

    i got..
    log 5 ^{x-2} = log 4^x
    (x-2) log 5 = x log 4

    and i'm stuck here...
    (x-2) log 5 = x log 4<br />
 \Leftrightarrow  \frac{ x-2}{x } = \frac{log4 }{log5 }   \Leftrightarrow  1- \frac{ 2}{x } =\frac{log4 }{log5 }
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    (x-2)log5=xlog4

    \frac{x-2}{x}=\frac{log4}{log2}

    1-\frac{2}{x}=\frac{log4}{log5}

    \frac{2}{x}=1-\frac{log4}{log5}

    \frac{2}{x}=\frac{log5}{log5}-\frac{log4}{log5}

    \frac{2}{x}=\frac{log5-log4}{log5}

    \frac{x}{2}=\frac{log5}{log5-log4}

    x=\frac{2log5}{log5-log4}
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    5 steps
    (x-2)log5=xlog4
    xlog5-2log5=xlog4
    xlog5-xlog4=2log5
    x(log5-log4)=2log5
    x=\frac{2log5}{log5-log4}
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krahl View Post
    5 steps
    (x-2)log5=xlog4
    xlog5-2log5=xlog4
    xlog5-xlog4=2log5
    x(log5-log4)=2log5
    x=\frac{2log5}{log5-log4}
    this was really helpful thanks!
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