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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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I have solved the following, but it seems impossible to factorise at some point:

3^2x+1 - 3^x+2 - 3^x+1 = 0.

The book says, x=-1 or -2

It was impossible for to factorise at some point, let alone getting the answer.

I need assistance.

Thanks.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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please make the expression clear with brackets

eg 3^(2x+1) 0r 3^(2x) + 1

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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There is no bracket involved in it from where I copied.

It is treated under indices.

I have solved similar problem but this seems insoluble at some point.

I will solvd for you to see where I got stuck.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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Here I go.

(3^x)^2 * 3 - 3^x*3^2 - 3^x*3 +1=0

Let 3^x = M. therefore substitution.

3m^2 - 9m - 3m + 1

= 3m^2 - 12m + 1=0

factorization seem impossible here.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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I just wanted to be clear that the problem is:

If so then x = -1 and -2 are not solutions:

This is not zero.

Bob

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

That can not be factored. You need as Bob suggests to clean the question up.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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I have solved a similar question successfuly, see.

3^2x+3 - 4(3^x+1) + 1=0

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

Please bracket that a little better.

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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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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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That is how it exist in the book I am working with.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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What does 3^2x+3 mean?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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I think it is unlikely that a book would use the symbol ^

please look again at post 5

Is the equation I have put there the one in your book?

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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bobbym wrote:

What does 3^2x+3 mean?

It means the 3 has raised to the power 2x+3.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hasn't he raised a good point with

bob bundy wrote:

I think it is unlikely that a book would use the symbol ^

I would agree, but you say it is there! But then his post #5 is correct and that is not a solution.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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bobbym wrote:

Hasn't he raised a good point with

bob bundy wrote:I think it is unlikely that a book would use the symbol ^

I would agree, but you say it is there! But then his post #5 is correct and that is not a solution.

The book did not use the symbol ^, I rather used it , because the 2x +3 is at the top of the 3 in the book.

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

This is exactly what is in the book then?

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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bob bundy wrote:

I just wanted to be clear that the problem is:

If so then x = -1 and -2 are not solutions:

This is not zero.

Bob

Yes that's how it is arranged, in the book.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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bobbym wrote:

Hi;

This is exactly what is in the book then?

Yes Sir!. Positive 1 is at the end

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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It is obviously some sort of typo.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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bobbym wrote:

It is obviously some sort of typo.

The book is before me now and has positive 1 just at the end.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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It still looks like a mistake in the book. -1 and -2 are not roots of that equation.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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Then please how exactly would the final answer be?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I could not solve that by hand. It takes a computer to solve it. The answer involves complex numbers further showing that the problem is mistyped.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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Yeb I must believe you, c'os the author stated explicitly that, a student should forgive any mistake that would be found in the book. Is just at the beginning of the book .

:-) But still you're darling!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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If you are marked wrong about it then you will have the consolation of knowing that I would have been marked wrong too.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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So now the question has become:

It still will not lead to those answers:

x = -1

x = -2

Closest equation with those answers that I can find:

Bob

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