# Thread: Finding the roots of this equation

1. ## Finding the roots of this equation

$\displaystyle \displaystyle y=e^{-3x} - e^{2x}$

I factored it to: $\displaystyle \displaystyle y=(e^{-3x})(e^{2x}-1)$

$\displaystyle \displaystyle e^{-3x}$ Never equals zero (right?)

How would I solve for $\displaystyle \displaystyle e^{2x}-1=0$?

Edit: I know the answer is $\displaystyle x=0$ by looking at it, but how would I solve a similar equation?

2. Originally Posted by IanCarney
$\displaystyle \displaystyle y=e^{-3x} - e^{2x}$
I factored it to: $\displaystyle \displaystyle y=(e^{-3x})(e^{2x}-1)$
The correct factorization is $\displaystyle e^{-3x}\left(1-e^{5x}\right)$.

3. Originally Posted by Plato
The correct factorization is $\displaystyle e^{-3x}\left(1-e^{5x}\right)$.
Ah, yes. I wrote down the factored form of its derivative by accident >.<

Here's what I'm trying to solve:

$\displaystyle e^{2x}=3$

Would I take the log of both sides? Because I get a different answer.

4. Factor in the usual way. $\displaystyle \left(e^{x}+1\right)\cdot\left(e^{x}-1\right)=0$

You'll have trouble with the fist piece, for reasons similar to that 3x you already threw out.

You'll need a logarithm or an emperical rule for the last piece. Very informally, $\displaystyle Number^{What} = 1$?

5. Originally Posted by IanCarney

$\displaystyle e^{2x}=3$

Would I take the log of both sides? Because I get a different answer.
Natural Log: $\displaystyle 2x = \ln(3)$

6. Originally Posted by IanCarney
$\displaystyle \displaystyle y=e^{-3x} - e^{2x}$

I factored it to: $\displaystyle \displaystyle y=(e^{-3x})(e^{2x}-1)$

$\displaystyle \displaystyle e^{-3x}$ Never equals zero (right?)

How would I solve for $\displaystyle \displaystyle e^{2x}-1=0$?

Edit: I know the answer is $\displaystyle x=0$ by looking at it, but how would I solve a similar equation?
y = e^(-3x) - e^(2x) = e^(-3x) (1 - e^(5x)) = 0
1 - e^(5x) = 0
1 = e^(5x)
ln 1 = ln e^(5x) = 5x
ln 1 = 0
∴ x = 0/5 = 0

Moderator edit: Quote of OP has been added. This post answers the original question posted. However, it should be noted that in post #3 the original poster gave a new question.