# How do I solve this Exponential and Logarithmic Function?

• Oct 14th 2012, 02:11 AM
RPSGCC733
How do I solve this Exponential and Logarithmic Function?
1.Find the value of http://www.mathway.com/math_image.as...MB03?p=34?p=22 = 4.

My attempt:
http://www.mathway.com/math_image.as...MB03?p=30?p=22=http://www.mathway.com/math_image.as...MB03?p=34?p=22= 4
http://www.mathway.com/math_image.as...MB03?p=58?p=22=4
27x=1
x= 1/27.

When checked on a calculator it doesn't work. I don't understand what to do. Is there a way to solve this without using calculators?

2. Solve the equation http://www.mathway.com/math_image.as...013?p=138?p=22

I don't have an attempt since I can't understand what operation to use.

Whoops, wrong category. Can I request for a Moderator (if there is one in here) to relocate this to Algebra?

Now how do I mark this thread as [SOLVED]? There was a prefix box when I was just making this thread earlier.
• Oct 14th 2012, 02:18 AM
Prove It
Re: How do I solve this Exponential and Logarithmic Function?(Sorry, wrong category)
Quote:

Originally Posted by RPSGCC733
1.Find the value of http://www.mathway.com/math_image.as...MB03?p=34?p=22 = 4.

My attempt:
http://www.mathway.com/math_image.as...MB03?p=30?p=22=http://www.mathway.com/math_image.as...MB03?p=34?p=22= 4
http://www.mathway.com/math_image.as...MB03?p=58?p=22=4
27x=1
x= 1/27.

When checked on a calculator it doesn't work. I don't understand what to do. Is there a way to solve this without using calculators?

2. Solve the equation http://www.mathway.com/math_image.as...013?p=138?p=22

I don't have an attempt since I can't understand what operation to use.

Whoops, wrong category. Can I request for a Moderator (if there is one in here) to relocate this to Algebra?

\displaystyle \begin{align*} 3^{9x} &= \left( 3^3 \right)^{3x} \\ &= 27^{3x} \\ &= \left( 27^x \right)^3 \\ &= 4^3 \\ &= 64 \end{align*}
• Oct 14th 2012, 02:20 AM
Prove It
Re: How do I solve this Exponential and Logarithmic Function?(Sorry, wrong category)
Quote:

Originally Posted by RPSGCC733
1.Find the value of http://www.mathway.com/math_image.as...MB03?p=34?p=22 = 4.

My attempt:
http://www.mathway.com/math_image.as...MB03?p=30?p=22=http://www.mathway.com/math_image.as...MB03?p=34?p=22= 4
http://www.mathway.com/math_image.as...MB03?p=58?p=22=4
27x=1
x= 1/27.

When checked on a calculator it doesn't work. I don't understand what to do. Is there a way to solve this without using calculators?

2. Solve the equation http://www.mathway.com/math_image.as...013?p=138?p=22

I don't have an attempt since I can't understand what operation to use.

Whoops, wrong category. Can I request for a Moderator (if there is one in here) to relocate this to Algebra?

Is the second question trying to solve for \displaystyle \begin{align*} x \end{align*} when \displaystyle \begin{align*} \log_x{\left( \log_2{256} \right)} = 3 \end{align*}?
• Oct 14th 2012, 02:22 AM
Siron
Re: How do I solve this Exponential and Logarithmic Function?
Note that
$(3^{9})^x = (3^{3\cdot 3})^x = 3^{3\cdot 3 \cdot x} = \ldots = ?$

$\log_x(\log_2(256))=3$ where $\log_2(256)=8$ thus you have to solve
$\log_x(8)=3 \Leftrightarrow x^3 = 8 \Leftrightarrow \ldots$
• Oct 14th 2012, 02:24 AM
RPSGCC733
Re: How do I solve this Exponential and Logarithmic Function?(Sorry, wrong category)
Quote:

Originally Posted by Prove It
\displaystyle \begin{align*} 3^{9x} &= \left( 3^3 \right)^{3x} \\ &= 27^{3x} \\ &= \left( 27^x \right)^3 \\ &= 4^3 \\ &= 64 \end{align*}

Ah. Thanks! Didn't think that 3^{9x} was 3^3 raised to the third power all along.

Yeah, it was trying to solve for x.
• Oct 14th 2012, 02:27 AM
MarkFL
Re: How do I solve this Exponential and Logarithmic Function?
1.) A similar approach to the one already posted:

$27^x=4$

$3^{3x}=4$

$3x=\log_3(4)$

$9x=\log_3(64)$

$3^{9x}=3^{\log_3(64)}=64$
• Oct 14th 2012, 02:32 AM
RPSGCC733
Re: How do I solve this Exponential and Logarithmic Function?
Quote:

Originally Posted by Siron
Note that
$(3^{9})^x = (3^{3\cdot 3})^x = 3^{3\cdot 3 \cdot x} = \ldots = ?$

$\log_x(\log_2(256))=3$ where $\log_2(256)=8$ thus you have to solve
$\log_x(8)=3 \Leftrightarrow x^3 = 8 \Leftrightarrow \ldots$

Many thanks.

Isn't multiplication in Logarithm denoted with a + sign? That part confused me.
Nevermind, I just realized it wasn't multiplication. $\log_2(256)=8$ was a logarithm of $\log_x(y)=8$
• Oct 14th 2012, 03:06 PM
Soroban
Re: Exponential and Logarithmic Function?(Sorry, wrong category)
Hello, RPSGCC733!

Quote:

$\text{2. Solve: }\:\log_x\left[\log_2(256)\right] \:=\:3$

$\begin{array}{ccc}\text{Given:} & \log_x\left[\log_2(256)\right] \:=\:3 \\ \\ \text{Then:} & x^3 \:=\:\log_2(256) \\ \\ & x^3 \:=\:\log_2(2^8) \\ \\ & x^3 \:=\:8 \\ \\ & x \:=\:2 \end{array}$