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    Logarithms

    Hi,

    I don't see where I"m going wrong in these. Forgive me for the simple errors

    Express in terms of log a, log b, and log c.

    \log \bigg(\sqrt[a]{\big(\frac{b}{c^3}\big)}\bigg)

    \log \bigg(\bigg(\frac{b}{c^3}\bigg)^\frac{1}{a}\bigg)

    \frac{1}{a} \log b - \frac{1}{a} 3 \log c

    Answer given: \log a + \frac{1}{2} \log b - \frac{3}{2} \log c

    Express as a single logarithm

    3 \log_a 3 - \log_a 15 + 2 \log_a 5

    = \log_a 9 - \log_a 15 + \log_a 25

    = \log_a \big(\frac{9}{15}\big) + \log_a 25

    = \log_a \big(\frac{3}{5} \times 25\big)

    = \log_a 15

    Answer given: \log_a 45
    Last edited by Hellbent; November 14th 2010 at 11:18 AM.
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    Your answer to #1 is correct. The given answer is not.

    Note that: 3\log_a(3)=\log_a(27).
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    Thank you

    = \log_a 27 - \log_a 15 + 2 \log_a 25

    = \log_a \big(\frac{27}{15}\big) + \log_a 25

    = \log_a \big(\frac{9}{5} \times 25\big)

    = \log_a 45
    Last edited by Hellbent; November 14th 2010 at 11:19 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellbent View Post
    Hi,

    I don't see where I"m going wrong in these. Forgive me for the simple errors

    Express in terms of log a, log b, and log c.

    \log \bigg(\sqrt[a]{\big(\frac{b}{c^3}\big)}\bigg)

    \log \bigg(\bigg(\frac{b}{c^3}\bigg)^\frac{1}{a}\bigg)

    \frac{1}{a} \log b - \frac{1}{a} 3 \log c

    Answer given: \log a + \frac{1}{2} \log b - \frac{3}{2} \log c
    IF the problem were log\left(a\sqrt{\frac{b}{c^3}}\right)
    rather than log\sqrt[a]{\frac{b}{c^3}} then the given answer would be correct.
    Express as a single logarithm

    [tex]3 \log_a 3 - \log_a 15 + \log_a 5[/MATH = \log_a 9 - \log_a 15 + \log_a 25]
    3^3= 27, not 9. How did that last "5" become "25"?


    = \log_a \big(\frac{9}{15}\big) + \log_a 25

    = \log_a \big(\frac{3}{5} \times 25\big)

    = \log_a 15

    Answer given: \log_a 45
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    Quote Originally Posted by HallsofIvy View Post
    IF the problem were log\left(a\sqrt{\frac{b}{c^3}}\right)
    rather than log\sqrt[a]{\frac{b}{c^3}} then the given answer would be correct.

    3^3= 27, not 9. How did that last "5" become "25"?
    I fixed it. Thanks.
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