Math Help - logs!

1. logs!

Can anyone give me a hand with this one?

loga(x) + loga(x - 2) = loga(x + 4)

2. Originally Posted by rtwilton
Can anyone give me a hand with this one?

loga(x) + loga(x - 2) = loga(x + 4)
Hello rt,

Remember $\log_bm + \log_bn = \log_bmn$

$\log_ax+\log_a(x-2)=\log_a(x+4)$

$\log_ax(x-2)=\log_a(x+4)$

$x(x-2)=x+4$

Can you finish from here?

3. I think so. I distributed it out, got everything on one side and got:

x^2 -3x - 4 = 0

so x = -1 and x = 4

but x cannot be a negative number right? so x=4 is the answer?

4. Originally Posted by rtwilton
I think so. I distributed it out, got everything on one side and got:

x^2 -3x - 4 = 0

so x = -1 and x = 4

but x cannot be a negative number right? so x=4 is the answer?
You can take the log of a negative number,
If $y=10^x$, then $x=\log(y)$.
$10^x$ is always positive. As a result, you can only take the log of a positive number.