can you show the work to so i can understand it. thanks

how many digits does the number 8^41* 5^116 have. justify your answer algebraically

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- April 26th 2007, 01:11 PMmcdaking84Anyone know how to solve this problem?
can you show the work to so i can understand it. thanks

how many digits does the number 8^41* 5^116 have. justify your answer algebraically - April 26th 2007, 01:33 PMCaptainBlack
A number N has n digits where n = floor(log_10(N))+1 (floor the greatest integer less than or equal to its argument)

8^41* 5^116 = [10^(log_10(8))]^41 * [10^(log_10(5))]^116

.................. = 10^(41*log_10(8)+log_10(5)*116) ~= 10^(118.107)

so floor(log_10(8^41* 5^116))+1 = 119, so 8^41* 5^116 has 119 digits.

RonL - April 26th 2007, 01:50 PMecMathGeek
- April 26th 2007, 01:56 PMCaptainBlack
Is the Pope Jewish?

If N has 1 digit 1=<N<10, so 0<=log_{10}(N)<1 so floor(log_{10}(N))=0

and n=floor(log_{10}(N))+1 is the number of digits of N.

If N has n digits then 10^{n-1}<=N<10^n, so n-1<=log_{10}(N)<n, so

floor(log_{10}(N))=n-1, and hence n=floor(log_{10}(N))+1.

RonL - April 26th 2007, 02:19 PMPlato
Note that (8^41)=(2^123). Hence (8^41)(5^116) has 116 trailing zeros.

123-116=7 and 2^7=128, so it does indeed have 119 digits. - April 26th 2007, 04:29 PMSoroban
Hello, mcdaking84!

It's easier than you think . . .

Quote:

How many digits does the number N .= .(8^41)(5^116) have?

We have: .N .= .(2^7)(2^116)(5^116) .= .(2^7)(10^116) .= .128 x 10^116

Therefore, N has 119 digits.

Oops . . . exactly what Plato said . . . - April 27th 2007, 03:22 AMCaptainBlack
It depends on what you know. Anyone who was brought up with log books

would know the relationship between the number of digits in front of a

decimal point and the integer part of the log of a number >=1 virtualy

instinctivly.

Also the log_{10} method is more universal (it does not depend on

special numbers).

RonL