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    another system of equations

    solve for x,y

    xy = e
    x^(ln(y))=1/e^2
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    Hello, jmedsy!

    A fascinating problem . . .


    Solve for x,y

    . . . xy \:=\: e\;\;\;\;[1]
    . . x^{\ln y} \:=\:\frac{1}{e^2}\;\;[2]

    Take logs of equation [1]: . \log(xy) \:=\:\ln(e) \quad\Rightarrow\quad \ln(x) + \ln(y) \:=\:1]

    Take logs of equation [2]: . \ln\left(x^{\ln y}\right) \:=\:\ln\left(\frac{1}{e^2}\right) \quad\Rightarrow\quad \ln(x)\cdot\ln(y) \:=\:-2


    We have a system of equations: . \begin{array}{cccc} \ln(x) + \ln(y) &=& 1 \\ \ln(x)\cdot\ln(y) &=&-2 \end{array}


    Substitute: . \begin{array}{ccc}u &=& \ln(x) \\ v &=& \ln(y) \end{array} \quad\Rightarrow\quad \begin{array}{cccc}u + v &=& 1 & [3] \\ u\cdot v &=& -2 & [4] \end{array}


    From [3], we have: . v \:=\:1-u\;\;[5]

    Substitute into [4]: . u(1-u) \:=\:-2 \quad\Rightarrow\quad u^2 - u - 2 \:=\:0

    Factor: . (u+1)(u-2) \:=\:0 \quad\Rightarrow\quad u \:=\:\text{-}1,\:2

    . . u = \text{-}1\!:\;\text{Substitute into [5]: }\:v \:=\:1-(\text{-}1) \quad\Rightarrow\quad v \,=\,2

    . . u = 2\!:\;\text{Substitute into [5]: }\:v \:=\:1-2 \quad\Rightarrow\quad v \,=\,\text{-}1


    We have: . (u,v) \:=\:(\text{-}1,2),\:(2,\text{-}1)


    Back-substitute:

    . . (u,v) \,=\,(\text{-}1,2) \quad\Rightarrow\quad \begin{array}{cccc}\ln(x) \;=\;\text{-}1 & \Rightarrow & x \;=\;\frac{1}{e} \\ \ln(y) \;=\; 2 & \Rightarrow & y \;=\; e^2 \end{array}

    . . (u,v) \,=\,(2,\text{-}1) \quad\Rightarrow\quad \begin{array}{cccc}\ln(x) \;=\;2 & \Rightarrow & x \;=\;e^2 \\ \ln(y) \;=\;-1 & \Rightarrow & y \;=\;\frac{1}{e} \end{array}


    Two solutions: . \left(\frac{1}{e^2},\;e^2\right),\;\left(e^2,\;\fr  ac{1}{e}\right)

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    finally came up with the same thing, thanks
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