# Exponetial and natural log

Is it true that

$$e^{2(2x+ln2)} = e^{4x}e^{2ln2}$$

I cant see how that is true? According to a paper mark scheme it is.

Can someone clarify
Thanks :)

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CompuChip
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First open up the brackets:
$$e^{2(2x+\ln 2)} = e^{4x + 2 \ln 2}$$
Then use a rule for $$e^{a + b}$$ which you (should) know.

Actually, you can even simplify it further to $4 e^{4x}$.

is this the same with all powers or just the exponetial function... hang on, is it a function?

CompuChip
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Well, the first simplification (the one you asked about) works in general. If x is any number and a and b are two expressions, then
$$x^{a + b} = x^a x^b$$
so in particular it works for x = e, a = 4x and b = 2 ln(2).

The further simplification I spoke about just works because ln[..] is the inverse of exp[..] = e^[...]

yeah i can see the second one.
The first one makes sense now. Yes. I just didn't see it with the 'e'

cheerz :)

CompuChip
"$$e^x$$"​
can be viewed both as the function "exp" evaluated in (some number) x, or as the number $e \approx 2,7\cdots$ raised to the power (some number) x and that how you view it depends on the context (e.g. when differentiating it, one should view it as a function; when using simplification rules like here it's easier to just view it as an exponentiation).