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#126 2013-07-24 21:31:39

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Re: Simplify the following:

I think 5 is raising to the power nothing therefore should be equal to  zero and not one.

#127 2013-07-24 21:31:49

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Re: Simplify the following:

Supposing you had

2^4 * 2^0

when we multiply the same bases we are allowed to add the exponents.  4 + 0 = 4 so 2^4 * 2^0 = 2^4 so 2^0 must equal 1.


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#128 2013-07-24 21:44:23

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Re: Simplify the following:

But is it possible to add the exponents of the following? 

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#129 2013-07-24 21:51:03

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No, it is not. They do not have the same base.


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I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
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#130 2013-07-24 22:06:56

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Re: Simplify the following:

It is due to such situations why I could not solve the previous problem since it has 6*3^2n+3. the six made it hard for me to manipulate. One cannot reduce it to be three. Or if the six had been three I would multiply it with the three to get nine and then reduce it to three, so I could manipulate. Since nine would be a perfect square.

#131 2013-07-24 22:09:25

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Then the final answer would be 9*16 = 144, is that right?

#132 2013-07-24 22:11:10

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Re: Simplify the following:

6 = 2 * 3 so you could have combined that statement into

6*3^(2n+3) = 2 *3 * 3^(2n+3)=  2 * 3^(2n+4)

and you are done.


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I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
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#133 2013-07-24 22:19:52

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Re: Simplify the following:

bobbym wrote:

6 = 2 * 3 so you could have combined that statement into

6*3^(2n+3) = 2 *3 * 3^(2n+3)=  2 * 3^(2n+4)

and you are done.

I don't understand yours, I thought it would be

2*3*3(2n+3) = 2*9^(2n+3) = 2*3^3(2n+3) = 2*3^(6n+9)

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#134 2013-07-24 22:24:35

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Re: Simplify the following:

I must review your procedure with the previous problem to comprehend.

#135 2013-07-24 22:25:02

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Re: Simplify the following:

You add coefficients:

2 * 3^1 * 3^(2n+3)

2n +3 + 1 = 2n + 4 so

2 * 3^(2n+4)

Are you saying that



because that is incorrect.


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I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

#136 2013-07-24 22:30:16

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Errrr okay I have got you, then what would one  make of the two, I mean the base.

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#137 2013-07-24 22:35:55

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Re: Simplify the following:

bobbym wrote:

You add coefficients:

2 * 3^1 * 3^(2n+3)

2n +3 + 1 = 2n + 4 so

2 * 3^(2n+4)

Are you saying that



because that is incorrect.

The two I have underlined above.

#138 2013-07-24 22:37:49

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Re: Simplify the following:

Hi;

You can only do this:


6 * 3^(2n+3)

2 * 3 * 3^(2n+3)

2 * 3^1 * 3^(2n+3)

Add the exponents on the threes.

2n +3 + 1 = 2n + 4 so

2 * 3^(2n+4)


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

#139 2013-07-24 22:43:17

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Okay I digest it. But can I  use that procedure to arrive on that answer 7 you had in the previous problem?

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#140 2013-07-24 22:46:04

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Re: Simplify the following:

That problem is a real bear and I recommend the other method, the one I posted.

I am going to get a little bit of sleep see you later.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

#141 2013-07-24 22:49:48

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Okay,  Thanks God bless. I shall solve more problems.

#142 2013-07-25 00:43:47

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How did you do?


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

#143 2013-07-25 01:52:01

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Re: Simplify the following:

Hi, bobbym I have come across another confusing one with different bases.

Solve for X.

3^x * 2^x-1 = 1.

How would one go about this? Is wierd.

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#144 2013-07-25 01:53:51

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Re: Simplify the following:

Is that



because if it is...


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

#145 2013-07-25 02:36:19

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Re: Simplify the following:

The book has 0.39 answer

#146 2013-07-25 02:43:12

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Re: Simplify the following:

That is correct if you round my answer to 2 decimal places.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

#147 2013-07-25 04:58:42

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Re: Simplify the following:

bobbym wrote:

Is that



because if it is...

Please help me understand this.

Thanks in advance

#148 2013-07-25 12:58:41

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Re: Simplify the following:

I can show you the steps but unless you have a little knowledge about logarithms it will be confusing.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

#149 2013-07-25 18:46:43

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Re: Simplify the following:

I had solved much problems on logarithms.
Usually I had encountered problems on indices with unequal bases, and the book used log to solve but I can't percieve this would need logarithm application.

Please carry on!

#150 2013-07-25 18:56:55

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Re: Simplify the following:

Okay, I will provide the steps:

Take the log of both sides.







Add log(2) to both sides.





Divide both sides by ( log(2) + log(3) ).



And we are done.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

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