# Math Help - Solving for x in equations involving logs

1. ## Solving for x in equations involving logs

Could somebody point me in the right direction?

$e^x + e^-^x = 2$
$e^x (e^x + e^-^x) = 2*e^x$
$e^2x + e = 2e^x$
$e^2x - 2e^x + e = 0$

Something tells me I should be able to solve this as a quadratic, but e is a constant, and I can't figure out how to do this with a constant as the base.

2. $e^x+e^{-x}=2$

Times both sides by $e^x$

$e^{2x}+1=2 e^x$

$e^{2x}-2 e^x+1=0$

make $e^x = a$ giving

$a^{2}-2 a+1=0$

Solve from here?

3. Ok, but why is $e^x * e^-^x$ =1? Why isn't it $e$?

4. $e^x\times e^{-x}= e^{x-x}= e^0 = 1$