# How to solve this equation

by jya
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 P: 2 I know we can solve e^x=x by the Lambert W function, but is it possible to solve the following equation: a*(e^(2x)-e^x)+b*x=c in terms of a, b, and c.
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Welcome to PF;

 solve: a*(e^(2x)-e^x)+b*x=c ... in terms of a, b, and c.
Solving for x given a,b,c you mean? That would be the intersection of a line with a quadratic in e^x... that is $$e^{x}\left ( e^x - 1\right ) = mx+k$$ ...where ##m=-b/a## and ##k=c/a##.
And you want to find x given m and k.
That help?
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Thank you Simon. Yes. I am wondering if there is some special function can solve this problem, i.e. given the values of a,b,c (or m,k in your equation) I can find out the value of x without looking at the graph.
 Quote by Simon Bridge Welcome to PF; Solving for x given a,b,c you mean? That would be the intersection of a line with a quadratic in e^x... that is $$e^{x}\left ( e^x - 1\right ) = mx+k$$ ...where ##m=-b/a## and ##k=c/a##. And you want to find x given m and k. That help?

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