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    sum of roots...

    find Sum of Roots of the equation 4x^{\lfloor log_{10}2x-3 \rfloor} = 1

    Where \lfloor x \rfloor = greatest integer function.

    like \lfloor 2.3 \rfloor = 2
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    4x^{\lfloor \log_{10}2x-3 \rfloor} = 1
    \log_{10}(4x^{\lfloor \log_{10}2x-3 \rfloor}) = \log_{10}(1)
    \log_{10}4 + \log_{10}(x^{\lfloor \log_{10}2x-3 \rfloor})) = 0
    \log_{10}4 + \lfloor \log_{10}2x-3 \rfloor \log_{10}(x) = 0
    \log_{10}4 + \lfloor \log_{10}2x-3 \rfloor (\log_{10}2x - \log_{10}2) = 0

    Let y = \log_{10}2x
    \log_{10}4 + \lfloor y-3 \rfloor (y - \log_{10}2) = 0

    First solve without greatest integer (to get close to the solution)
    \log_{10}4 + (y-3)  (y - \log_{10}2) = 0
    y^2 - (3 + \log_{10}2)y + 5 \log_{10}2 = 0
    Solutions are around 2.75 and 0.55

    Now with this we guess values for a = \lfloor y\rfloor (0,1,2,3)
    \log_{10}4 +  (a - 3) (y - \log_{10}2) = 0
    y = -\frac{\log_{10}4}{a - 3} + \log_{10}2
    We see that a = 0 is the only one with a consistent solution.
    y = \frac{\log_{10}4}{3} + \log_{10}2 = \log_{10}2^{\frac{5}{3}}
    y = \log_{10}2x
    x = \frac{10^y}{2} = 2^{\frac{2}{3}}

    And this is the only solution for x
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