# Thread: Finding roots of an exponential equation with multiple base numbers

1. ## Finding roots of an exponential equation with multiple base numbers

Hey everyone, first post.

Just wondering if anyone can help me out with finding 'a' when the equation below is equal to 0

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Cheers
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2. Originally Posted by jvigar
Hey everyone, first post.

Just wondering if anyone can help me out with finding 'a' when the equation below is equal to 0

[IMG]file:///C:/Users/Jaiba/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot-2.jpg[/IMG]

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(94-10^a)*10^a*ln10+(118-16^a)*16^a*ln16+(147-25^a)*25^a*ln25+(180-40^a)*40^a*ln40+(230-60^a)*60^a*ln60

Cheers
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3. sorry about that, I tried to paste directly from maple.

The equation is,

(94-10^a)*10^a*ln10+(118-16^a)*16^a*ln16+(147-25^a)*25^a*ln25+(180-40^a)*40^a*ln40+(230-60^a)*60^a*ln60 = 0

and I'm trying to find "a"

many thanks

Josh

4. Originally Posted by jvigar
sorry about that, I tried to paste directly from maple.

The equation is,

(94-10^a)*10^a*ln10+(118-16^a)*16^a*ln16+(147-25^a)*25^a*ln25+(180-40^a)*40^a*ln40+(230-60^a)*60^a*ln60 = 0

and I'm trying to find "a"

many thanks

Josh
Ask Maple for a numerical solution. It should give a ~= 1.3674 for the positive root (I have not checked for negative roots)

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CB

5. Thanks, I must have done something wrong in maple.

I ended up using newtons method in excel, and got the same value.

Thanks again for all your help

Josh