Hi guys, I am unsure how this book has come about with the answer to this question as I thought I had it worked out.

Question:

Use the substitutiony = 2^xto solve the following equation giving your answer in exact form involving logarithms to the base ten.

2^(2x) - 2^(x+3) + 15 = 0

My work goes like this:

y^2 - 2^(x+3) + 15 = 0

y^2 + 15 = 2^(x+3) <- Expand the log

log y^2 + log 15 = log 2^(x+3)

= (x+3)log 2

= xlog 2 + 3log2

= log 2^x + log 2^3

= log y + log 8 <- Rearrange the equation

log y^2 - log y = log 8 - log 15

log ((y^2)/y) = (log 8/15)

y = 8/15

The answers however state the following and I am unsure how they come about as I thought my working was sound.

log 3 / log 2 & log 5 / log 2

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Ben