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Solve 2 x = 3 x + 1 .

x = ln 3 ln ( 2 3 )

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Is there any way to solve 2 x = 3 x ?

Yes. The solution is 0.

Equations containing e

One common type of exponential equations are those with base e . This constant occurs again and again in nature, in mathematics, in science, in engineering, and in finance. When we have an equation with a base e on either side, we can use the natural logarithm    to solve it.

Given an equation of the form y = A e k t , solve for t .

  1. Divide both sides of the equation by A .
  2. Apply the natural logarithm of both sides of the equation.
  3. Divide both sides of the equation by k .

Solve an equation of the form y = Ae kt

Solve 100 = 20 e 2 t .

100 = 20 e 2 t 5 = e 2 t Divide by the coefficient of the power . ln 5 = 2 t Take ln of both sides . Use the fact that  ln ( x )  and  e x  are inverse functions . t = ln 5 2 Divide by the coefficient of  t .
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Solve 3 e 0.5 t = 11.

t = 2 ln ( 11 3 ) or ln ( 11 3 ) 2

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Does every equation of the form y = A e k t have a solution?

No. There is a solution when k 0 , and when y and A are either both 0 or neither 0, and they have the same sign. An example of an equation with this form that has no solution is 2 = −3 e t .

Solving an equation that can be simplified to the form y = Ae kt

Solve 4 e 2 x + 5 = 12.

4 e 2 x + 5 = 12 4 e 2 x = 7 Combine like terms . e 2 x = 7 4 Divide by the coefficient of the power . 2 x = ln ( 7 4 ) Take ln of both sides . x = 1 2 ln ( 7 4 ) Solve for  x .
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Solve 3 + e 2 t = 7 e 2 t .

t = ln ( 1 2 ) = 1 2 ln ( 2 )

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Extraneous solutions

Sometimes the methods used to solve an equation introduce an extraneous solution    , which is a solution that is correct algebraically but does not satisfy the conditions of the original equation. One such situation arises in solving when the logarithm is taken on both sides of the equation. In such cases, remember that the argument of the logarithm must be positive. If the number we are evaluating in a logarithm function is negative, there is no output.

Solving exponential functions in quadratic form

Solve e 2 x e x = 56.

e 2 x e x = 56 e 2 x e x 56 = 0 Get one side of the equation equal to zero . ( e x + 7 ) ( e x 8 ) = 0 Factor by the FOIL method . e x + 7 = 0  or  e x 8 = 0 If a product is zero, then one factor must be zero . e x = 7  or e x = 8 Isolate the exponentials . e x = 8 Reject the equation in which the power equals a negative number . x = ln 8 Solve the equation in which the power equals a positive number .
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Solve e 2 x = e x + 2.

x = ln 2

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Does every logarithmic equation have a solution?

No. Keep in mind that we can only apply the logarithm to a positive number. Always check for extraneous solutions.

Using the definition of a logarithm to solve logarithmic equations

We have already seen that every logarithmic equation log b ( x ) = y is equivalent to the exponential equation b y = x . We can use this fact, along with the rules of logarithms, to solve logarithmic equations where the argument is an algebraic expression.

For example, consider the equation log 2 ( 2 ) + log 2 ( 3 x 5 ) = 3. To solve this equation, we can use rules of logarithms to rewrite the left side in compact form and then apply the definition of logs to solve for x :

Questions & Answers

what is set?
Kelvin Reply
a colony of bacteria is growing exponentially doubling in size every 100 minutes. how much minutes will it take for the colony of bacteria to triple in size
Divya Reply
I got 300 minutes. is it right?
Patience
no. should be about 150 minutes.
Jason
It should be 158.5 minutes.
Mr
ok, thanks
Patience
100•3=300 300=50•2^x 6=2^x x=log_2(6) =2.5849625 so, 300=50•2^2.5849625 and, so, the # of bacteria will double every (100•2.5849625) = 258.49625 minutes
Thomas
what is the importance knowing the graph of circular functions?
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What do you need help with?
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how to convert general to standard form with not perfect trinomial
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Rectangle coordinate
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yeah, it does. why do we attempt to gain all of them one side or the other?
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whats a domain
mike Reply
The domain of a function is the set of all input on which the function is defined. For example all real numbers are the Domain of any Polynomial function.
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x³+y³+z³=42
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of she solves that, well ... then she has a lot of computational force under her command ....
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CJ Reply
I want to learn about the law of exponent
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Angel Reply
A mathematical relation such that every input has only one out.
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Is a rule that assigns to each element X in a set A exactly one element, called F(x), in a set B.
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