Solve

My work:

Now I'm stuck, I can't find any factors that has the product of 48 and the sum of -7.

Textbook Answer: 1

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- Dec 9th 2007, 05:37 PMMacleefEvaluating Logarithmics
**Solve**

My work:

Now I'm stuck, I can't find any factors that has the product of 48 and the sum of -7.

**Textbook Answer: 1** - Dec 9th 2007, 05:41 PMcolby2152
- Dec 9th 2007, 05:42 PMJhevon
- Dec 9th 2007, 05:48 PMMacleef
- Dec 9th 2007, 05:49 PMMacleef
- Dec 9th 2007, 05:52 PMcolby2152
- Dec 9th 2007, 05:55 PMMacleef
- Dec 9th 2007, 06:26 PMcolby2152
- Dec 9th 2007, 06:34 PMMacleef
- Dec 9th 2007, 06:35 PMcolby2152
- Dec 9th 2007, 06:38 PMMacleef
- Dec 9th 2007, 06:39 PMtopsquark
- Dec 9th 2007, 06:45 PMMacleef
I still don't get it...but thanks for helping me anyways...

- Dec 9th 2007, 07:12 PMtopsquark
Let's try an example:

Let a = 3, m = 4, and n = 2. I'm going to calculate .

Our rule states that so

(check!)

Look at both ways of doing the problem and see if it helps you understand where this rule comes from. It's all about counting out the number of factors of "a" that you have.

-Dan