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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Something is wrong there. Are you sure you copied the problem correctly?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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log(y^2/2x) = log2y-log2x

The right hand side of that is incorrect.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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it's log2(y-x)

I multiplied log2 with what is in the bracket, to have that. Why you say so.

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

Because when you write

log2y-log2x

how do you know which of these is what you want

log(2)*y or log(2y)?

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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Errr, I dont normally put bracket around figures as you normally do.

But I suppose each of them are the same, I mean what yours above.

In #229

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Errr, I dont normally put bracket around figures as you normally do.

Math has to be precise. More precise than anything else you do.

When you write log2x, no one can figure out what you mean. It appears you wanted log(2)x, but I am not sure. Which do you want?

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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Thanks, Bobbym.

Then please let me how it should be

By the way I have developed the attitude of not putting brackets c'os the book I have doesn't put it around each example it gives. And that has become of me.

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

In post #225 you wrote this

log(y^2/2x) = log2y-log2x

Please use brackets to tell me what you want on the right hand side.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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But Bobbym I havent envisioned that bracket of the right hand side could cause any thing, but I think;

Log2(y-x) = log2y-log2x

I think is the same as, log(2y)-log(2x)

Please help if I am confused.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Okay, we have the original problem looking like this

If 2logy-log2x=2log(y-x), express y in terms of x. I had (y-x)(y-2x^2). The book has y^-4xy+4^2x=0.

Hold on while I work on it. The book answer is okay but it is not an answer to the question

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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Oops. Bobym.

Please I made a little blunder!

2logy-log2x=log2(y-x).

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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So you want this?

It looks a lot like the earlier one.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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2logy-log2x=log2(y-x)

express y in terms of x.

This how is in the book.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That book is awful.

Mathematics uses brackets to avoid ambiguities.

I will interpret it as:

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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But is the answer I had the same as yours when you solved?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Those are all correct answers with methods shown.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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Is your interpretation the ones the book should have used?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Let's see what happens.

10^ to both sides

Multiply both sides by 2x

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

Hi EbenezerSon

With a careful look at signs I think should be,

x-3x-3-3/x^2-9 =

-2x-6/x^2-3^2 =

-2(x+3)/(x-3)(x+3)

= -2/x-3

Please am I right there.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I am getting

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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Oops,

I have considered it once more and I could see Anonymstify is right with his answer, I lost sight with some negative sign, here

x+3-3(x-3) = x+3-3x+3.

=-2x+6

Bobbym, I suppose you lost sight on a negative sign. With a careful check you will adentify it.

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

I am sorry but my answer is correct.

Please check post #244, in line 2 there is an error.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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Please could you demostrate to me?, c'os I can't adentify it.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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How did 3(x+1) become 3x-3?

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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I see, then let me check the original one and come back.

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