So ab = 12. I figured this out by removing the exponents from both sides, knowing that the bases on both sides would become equal; seeing that this is math, magic isn't allowed.
So I ask, what are the intermediary steps between: that math allows?
So I ask, what are the intermediary steps between: that math allows?
What you did is correct! Magic isn't allowed, but intuition is. We compare the bases: if ,
then , and . It's purely deductive. (It's the same way we compare the coefficients of polynomials).
Last edited by TheCoffeeMachine; Dec 30th 2010 at 02:11 PM.