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## #1 2006-02-27 16:13:36

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### Indices and Surds

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If a^x = b^y = c^z and b²=ac, show that 1/x + 1/z = 2/y.

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## #2 2006-02-27 17:13:32

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### Re: Indices and Surds

Yo ho ho
I LOVE this
thanks

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## #3 2006-02-27 17:26:20

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## #4 2006-02-27 17:31:38

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Now making Tex input.

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## #5 2006-02-27 17:35:36

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### Re: Indices and Surds

Soe here is it:

and
then

a^x=b^y=c^z=(ac)^(y/2);
a^x=(ac)^(y/2)
x=log(a,(ac)^(y/2))=y(1+loga,c)/2
z=y(1+logc,a)/2

M=1/z+1/x=2/y(1+log a,c)+2/y(1+log c,a)=2(log a,c +log c,a +2)/y(1+log a,c)(1+log c,a)=
2/y)(log a,c +log c,a +2)/(1+log a,c+log c,a+(log a,c)(log c,a))=
2/y)(log a,c +log c,a +2)/(1+log a,c+log c,a+(log a,c)(log c,a));
a^x=c =>c^(1/x)=a =>
(log a,c)(log c,a)=1
=>
M=2/y.

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## #6 2006-02-27 18:11:15

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That solution is too complicated. I am unable to check whether its correct right now. There's a much simpler solution, krassi_holmz. I shall post that a little later.

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## #7 2006-02-27 19:35:43

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Here's the simpler solution:
1/x+1/z=y/2
(x+z)/xz=1/2y
xz=2y(x+z)
b^(2y(x+z))b^2yx)(b^2yz)c^2zx)(a^2zx)=ca^2zx=b^zx
2y(x+z)=zx

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## #8 2006-02-27 19:38:10

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Is it clear now?

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## #9 2006-02-27 20:29:48

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In your post, I was not able to go far.

This is the solution I had in my mind:-
Let a^x = b^y = c^z = k,
Therefore,
a = k^(1/x), b=k^(1/y) and c=k^(1/z).
Since b²=ac,
{k^(1/y)}2 = [k^(1/x)*k^(1/z)]
k^(2/y) = k^[(x+z)/(xz)]
Since the bases of the LHS and RHS are the same, the exponents too are equal.
Hence,
2/y = (x+z)/xz
Therefore,
2/y = (x+z)/xz = 1/x + 1/z

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## #10 2006-02-27 20:42:02

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### Re: Indices and Surds

Yes, my second proof is just like yours, but instead plugging (1/x) and (1/z) in the power equation, I first solve it to get integer powers:

Now i'm poving that b^xz=b^2y(x+z):

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## #11 2006-02-27 21:10:20

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now, won't give second q?

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## #12 2006-03-01 15:19:16

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IS # 2

Find the square root of 7 + 3√5.

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## #13 2006-03-01 16:28:50

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7+3√5 = (14+6√5) / 2 =  ( 3 + √5 )² / 2
there fore , √(7+3√5) = ±(3 +√5)/√2 = (3√2 / 2) + (√10 / 2)

## #14 2006-03-01 16:43:27

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The first row is fine but I can't get the second:

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## #15 2006-03-01 18:52:26

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Well done, rimi and krassi_holmz!

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## #16 2006-03-01 19:26:10

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## #17 2006-03-01 19:31:34

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the first is whitout +- and rimi gave correct rationalization of the denominator.

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## #18 2006-03-02 19:59:17

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IS # 3

What are the values of A and B respectively, if
(√5-1)/(√5+1) + (√5+1)/(√5-1) = A + B√5 ?

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## #19 2006-03-03 01:32:10

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## #20 2006-03-03 01:34:45

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Is#3=3=3+0√5

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## #21 2006-03-03 01:55:21

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## #22 2006-03-10 02:34:26

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IS # 4

If

show that

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## #23 2006-03-11 15:29:59

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IS # 5

If

then express z in terms of x and y

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## #24 2007-03-22 02:53:47

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solution : -
3 ^ x = k
k ^(1/x ) = 3
k ^(1/y) =4
k ^ (1/z) =12
12 =3 *4 .
k ^ (1/z) =  k ^(1/x ) *
k ^(1/y)
1/x + 1/y =1/z

## #25 2007-03-22 03:44:00

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IS # 4

Cube both sides and voilà.

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