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Homework Help: CALC AB problems

  1. Apr 14, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Let f be the functions f(x)=ln(3x+2)^k for some positibe constant k.
    If f'(2)=3, what is the value of k?
    the answer is 8,but i dont think i am taking the derivative right.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    then i plugged in (2,3) into the derivative above.
    and i got k=8/(ln8)(8^(k-1))
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  3. Apr 14, 2009 #2


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    The derivative is correct, but the answer is not 8. If you plug in (2,3) into your derivative with k=8, you will get a contradiction.
  4. Apr 15, 2009 #3
    my ap book says the answer is 8, however it may be wrong.
    but how would you find the value of k?
    i am not allowed to use a calculator with this problem.
  5. Apr 15, 2009 #4


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    try using the fact that

    [tex]log_a b^r=rlog_a b[/tex]
  6. Apr 15, 2009 #5
    thank you!
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