# Intersection of Exponential Equations problem.

#### DenisB

Hint:
if a^p = b, then p = log(b) / log(a)

How did x/30 change to 87/30 ??!!

#### DenisB

Those examples are different: the exponent is given.

#### JeffM

Since 8/60 gave me 0.1333 I thought I had to make (1/2)^x/30 = to 0.1333. When I put 87 in for x I got close to 0.1333. I'm also not sure if I'm allowed to use Logarithms in this unit, since we start learning Logarithms at the end.
You are exactly right about what you need to do. If you can't use logarithms, you have to use trial and error, which is greatly helped by a good graph.

In this kind of problem, you may be able to get ONLY an approximate answer. Your graph should suggest a bit less than 90 minutes. Good work with your approximation of 87. The quickest way to get an excellent approximation is to use logarithms as suggested by Denis.

$x = \dfrac{30 * log \left ( \dfrac{8}{60} \right )}{ log \left ( \dfrac{1}{2} \right )} \approx 87.2067.$

Now how do you check an answer?