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## #226 2013-08-04 10:42:12

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### Re: Simplify the following:

Something is wrong there. Are you sure you copied the problem correctly?

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## #227 2013-08-04 17:46:19

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### Re: Simplify the following:

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

The right hand side of that is incorrect.

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## #228 2013-08-05 01:02:51

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### Re: Simplify the following:

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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## #229 2013-08-05 01:05:55

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### Re: Simplify the following:

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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## #230 2013-08-05 01:36:17

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### Re: Simplify the following:

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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## #231 2013-08-05 01:39:18

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### Re: Simplify the following:

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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## #232 2013-08-05 02:07:39

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### Re: Simplify the following:

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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## #233 2013-08-05 02:09:24

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### Re: Simplify the following:

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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## #234 2013-08-05 02:21:11

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### Re: Simplify the following:

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)

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## #235 2013-08-05 02:34:07

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### Re: Simplify the following:

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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## #236 2013-08-05 02:45:03

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### Re: Simplify the following:

Oops. Bobym.

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

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## #237 2013-08-05 02:52:07

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### Re: Simplify the following:

So you want this?

It looks a lot like the earlier one.

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## #238 2013-08-05 03:45:39

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### Re: Simplify the following:

2logy-log2x=log2(y-x)
express y in terms of x.

This how is in the book.

Thanks.

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## #239 2013-08-05 03:47:40

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### Re: Simplify the following:

That book is awful.

Mathematics uses brackets to avoid ambiguities.

I will interpret it as:

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## #240 2013-08-05 03:57:53

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### Re: Simplify the following:

But is the answer I had the same as yours when you solved?

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## #241 2013-08-05 03:59:39

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### Re: Simplify the following:

Those are all correct answers with methods shown.

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## #242 2013-08-05 04:11:35

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### Re: Simplify the following:

Is your interpretation the ones the book should have used?

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## #243 2013-08-05 04:18:05

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### Re: Simplify the following:

Let's see what happens.

10^ to both sides

Multiply both sides by 2x

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## #244 2013-08-06 21:15:57

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### Re: Simplify the following:

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

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## #245 2013-08-07 04:02:18

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### Re: Simplify the following:

I am getting

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## #246 2013-08-07 23:50:27

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### Re: Simplify the following:

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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## #247 2013-08-08 00:08:30

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### Re: Simplify the following:

Hi;

I am sorry but my answer is correct.

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

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## #248 2013-08-08 00:51:34

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### Re: Simplify the following:

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## #249 2013-08-08 00:55:49

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### Re: Simplify the following:

How did 3(x+1) become 3x-3?

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## #250 2013-08-08 01:23:00

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### Re: Simplify the following:

I see, then let me check the original one and come back.

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