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**gbrad88****Member**- Registered: 2012-12-03
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Solve the logorithmic equation

log(8) x + log(8) (x-63) = 2

The correct answer is listed as 64.

I'm trying to learn and understand the correct way of coming down to that answer with out using a calculator. Thanks.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Have you tried raising 8 to the power of lhs and rhs?

Just in case you don't kmow:

LHS means "left hand side"

RHS means "right hand side"

Better safe than sorry

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

The correct answer is listed as 64.

I am not getting that. Is this the correct equation?

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**scientia****Member**- Registered: 2009-11-13
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It should be

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Thanks scientia!

As the man said, "Notation, notation, notation!"

"Our ships must all sail in the same direction."-Don Lucchesi

raise up everything to the power of 8.

Plug back in to the original equation to see that 64 is a root.

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**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**noelevans****Member**- Registered: 2012-07-20
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Hi!

Or using the laws of logarithms the LHS = log [x(x-63)] so log [x^2-63x] = 2.

8 8

Converting to exponential notation (or making both sides exponents for 8) we have

2

8 = x^2 - 63x so that x^2 - 63x - 64 = 0. And upon factoring the LHS: (x-64)(x+1) = 0.

Hence x=64 or x=-1. We can eliminate the -1 if we don't wish to get into complex numbers.

Converting from log notation to exponential notation and visa versa is simple:

log y = z is equivalent to

x

z

x = y

If we write the base x for both the log and the exponential on the same side (left here) then

the other two quantities ( y and z here) switch sides.

x

Other examples: log 32 = x becomes 2 = 32 (so x=5)

2

x -2

log (1/9) = x becomes 3 = 1/9 = 3 hence x=-2.

3

3

5 = 125 becomes log 125 = 3.

5

and so forth.

logarithms ARE EXPONENTS. It's just a naming device so we can tell what base they are supposed

to go on and to see what the result should be if we put in on that base.

log100

Example: 10 log100 is the exponent we must put on 10 to get 100.

2

Since 10 = 100, log100 = 2.

lnx lnx

e lnx is the exponent we must put on e to get x. Hence e = x.

log N

b

In general b = N so log N is the exponent we must put on b to get N. (b>0 and b<>1).

b

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**gbrad88****Member**- Registered: 2012-12-03
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Thanks, especially bobbym, your process I followed helps a lot.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Actually that thanks should go to anonimnystefy who showed the way and scientia for figuring out what you wanted.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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No, it goes to you guys.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Okay, then I will take all the credit everywhere, for everything.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Everywhere?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, writing the Principia Mathematica nearly killed me.

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**gbrad88****Member**- Registered: 2012-12-03
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It nearly killed me reading it.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

For that I apologize.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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So, you are the genius behind Russell?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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No, I am doing as you instructed.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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And what is it that I instructed?

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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To take credit for everything, everywhere. Did you know I invented aluminum foil?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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And did you know I never said that?

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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But you certainly tempted me to do it. Did you realize I am the discoverer of Pluto?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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You do realize that I gave you credit just for this problem?

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Then I did not really discover Pluto or write the Principia Mathematica? Perhaps you will now say that I did not invent aluminum foil?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Yup!

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Okay, but I did invent the method I used on Agnishom's problem...

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Which problem is that?

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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