# finding the variables

• May 23rd 2006, 06:57 PM
takkun0486
finding the variables
what would be the varibles for:

-2x^2+6x-11=0
I know i use a quadratic formula but i get a negative square root and dont remember what to do next since its an imaginary number.

and

5 times 2^x+3=35
For this one i dont really get what to do first
• May 23rd 2006, 07:04 PM
ThePerfectHacker
Quote:

Originally Posted by takkun0486
what would be the varibles for:

-2x^2+6x-11=0
I know i use a quadratic formula but i get a negative square root and dont remember what to do next since its an imaginary number.

Thus,
$x=\frac{-6\pm\sqrt{36-88}}{-4}$
Thus,
$x=\frac{-6\pm\sqrt{-52}}{-4}$
Thus,
$x=\frac{-6\pm 2i\sqrt{13}}{-4}$
Thus,
$x=\frac{3}{2}\pm \frac{\sqrt{13}}{2} i$
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Ya got,
$5(2^x+3)=35$
Divide by 5,
$2^x+3=7$
Thus,
$2^x=4$
Thus,
$2^x=2^2$
Same bases thus,
$x=2$
• May 23rd 2006, 07:08 PM
takkun0486
Quote:

Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
Thus,
$x=\frac{-6\pm\sqrt{36-88}}{-4}$
Thus,
$x=\frac{-6\pm\sqrt{-52}}{-4}$
Thus,
$x=\frac{-6\pm 2i\sqrt{13}}{-4}$
Thus,
$x=\frac{3}{2}\pm \frac{\sqrt{13}}{2} i$
------
Ya got,
$5(2^x+3)=35$
Divide by 5,
$2^x+3=7$
Thus,
$2^x=4$
Thus,
$2^x=2^2$
Same bases thus,
$x=2$

for the 2nd one i had the "x+3" as an exponent of 2
• May 23rd 2006, 07:13 PM
ThePerfectHacker
Quote:

Originally Posted by takkun0486
for the 2nd one i had the "x+3" as an exponent of 2

Next time use parantheses,
Anyways the problem reduces to,
$2^{x+3}=2^2$
Thus,
$x+3=2$
Thus,
$x=-1$
• May 23rd 2006, 07:16 PM
takkun0486
so it was
5(2^(x+3))=35

sry that i confused you on the other parts
• May 23rd 2006, 07:24 PM
takkun0486
any ideas?
• May 23rd 2006, 07:28 PM
ThePerfectHacker
Quote:

Originally Posted by takkun0486
any ideas?

Oh!
Sorry I forgot you cannot subtract, then you have,
$2^{x+3}=7$
Take logarithms,
$\log 2^{x+3}=\log 7$
Bring down exponent bases on rule,
$(x+3)\log 2=\log 7$
Thus,
$x+3=\frac{\log 7}{\log 2}$
Thus,
$x=\frac{\log 7}{\log 2}-3\approx -.19$