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    log (with base (a)) of f(x) is equal to log[f(x)] divided by log(a)
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    Hello, namp4namp!

    Solve: . \log_2(x+1) - \log_4(x) \;=\;1 .[1]

    Let: \log_4(x) \:=\:P\quad\Rightarrow\quad 4^P \:=\:x

    Take logs (base 2): . \log_2(4^P) \;=\;\log_2(x) \quad\Rightarrow\quad \log_2(2^2)^P \;=\;\log_2(x)<br />

    . . \log_2(2^{2P}) \;=\;\log_2(x) \quad\Rightarrow\quad2P\!\cdot\!\underbrace{\log_2  (2)}_{\text{This is 1}} \;=\;\log_2(x) \quad\Rightarrow\quad P \;=\;\tfrac{1}{2}\log_2(x)
    Hence: . \log_4(x) \;=\;\tfrac{1}{2}\log_2(x)


    Substitute into [1]: . \log_2(x+1) - \tfrac{1}{2}\log_2(x) \;=\;1

    Multiply by 2: . 2\log_2(x+1) - \log_2(x) \;=\;2 \quad\Rightarrow\quad 2\log_2(x+1)\;=\;\log_2(x) + \log_2(4)

    . . \log_2(x+1)^2 \;=\;\log_2(4x) \quad\Rightarrow\quad (x+1)^2 \;=\;4x

    . . x^2+2x+1 \;=\;4x \quad\Rightarrow\quad x^2 - 2x + 1 \;=\;0

    Factor: . (x-1)(x-1) \;=\;0 \quad\Rightarrow\quad \boxed{x \:=\:1}

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