# Help with logarithms?

#### kaonashi

Hello everyone. We've been given an assignment on logarithms and I've managed to answer everything except this one (please see attached picture). I don't know what to do with the 2log9(x-1)log9(x^2-x) part. Do I separate it with a + sign since that's the rule for logarithms being multiplied?

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#### ChipB

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No, it is not true that log(a)log(b) = log(a) + log(b).

I think there is probably a typo in the problem statement. If instead of 2log(x-1)log(x^2-2) it had a minus sign: 2log(x-1)-log(x^2-x) then the problem works out nicely. Do you happen to have the answer for x?

#### Plato

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No, it is not true that log(a)log(b) = log(a) + log(b).

I think there is probably a typo in the problem statement. If instead of 2log(x-1)log(x^2-2) it had a minus sign: 2log(x-1)-log(x^2-x) then the problem works out nicely. Do you happen to have the answer for x?
I agree & had reached the same correction: $2\log(x-1)-\log(x^2-1)=\log\left(\dfrac{(x-1)^2}{(x^2-1)}\right)=\log\left(\dfrac{(x-1)}{(x+1)}\right)$

#### greg1313

No, it is not true that log(a)log(b) = log(a) + log(b).

I think there is probably a typo in the problem statement. If instead of 2log(x-1)log(x^2-x) [greg1313 edit] it had a minus sign: 2log(x-1)-log(x^2-x) then the problem works out nicely.
x = -4/5 would not be a solution to the revised problem with the inserted minus sign, because the logarithm of the second argument
with it substituted makes it undefined. Speaking closer about the base/parent function, f(x) = 2log(x) has a domain of x > 0, while
g(x) = log(x^2) has a domain of x equals all real numbers, except 0.
The hypothetical revised problem has no real solution.

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#### kaonashi

Hi everyone. Thank you all for the replies. Our teacher said that the revised version is actually supposed to have a positive sign in between the two logarithms.

#### jonah

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Hi everyone. Thank you all for the replies. Our teacher said that the revised version is actually supposed to have a positive sign in between the two logarithms.
Do us all a favor and post the exact problem statement?

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