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    Exponential Functions

    Please check if my answers are correct, if not, please help me by correcting them! Thanks in advance.

    Find all real numbers, x, that satisfy 6^x 7^{2x} = 86,436
    Here's what I think...
    42^{2x^{2}} = 86,436
    2x^2 = 2,058
    2x = +/- \sqrt {45.365}
    x = +/- 22.68

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    The total number of hamburgers sold by a national fast-food is growing exponentially. If 3 billion had been sold by 1995 and 9 billion had been sold by 2000, how many will have been sold by 2005?
    I think there will be 27 billion sold because of 3^{3} since 9 billion in 2000 is 3^{2} ...
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    What you did violates many laws. Take the log on each side.
     ln(6^x 7^{2x}) = ln(86,436)
     ln(6^x) + ln(7^{2x}) = ln(86,436)
     xln(6) + 2xln(7) = ln(86,436)
     x(ln(6) + 2ln(7)) = ln(86,436)
    Solve for x. You're gonna get a nice integer answer.
    Your second answer is right.
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    Here is an easier way. Factor the number.
    86436=2^2 3^2 7^4.
    Recall that 2^2 3^2 = 6^2.
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    Hello, Macleef!

    Find all real numbers x that satisfy: . 6^x\cdot7^{2x} \:=\:86,\!436

    We have: . 6^x\cdot(7^2)^x \:=\:86,\!436 \quad\Rightarrow\quad (6\cdot7^2)^x \:=\:85,436

    . . 294^x \:=\:86,4376 \quad\Rightarrow\quad 294^x \:=\:294^2 \quad\Rightarrow\quad \boxed{x\:=\:2}

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