# Homework Help: Find the solution set of 2^(2x-2)-2*2^(x-1)=8

1. May 11, 2015

### Jaco Viljoen

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Find the solution set of 2^(2x-2)-2*2^(x-1)=8

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution
2^(2x-2)-2*2^(x-1)=8
2^(2x-2)-2^(x-1+1)=8
2^(2x-2)-2^(x)=8
2^(2x-2)-2^(x)-8=0
2^(2(x-1))-2^(x)-8=0
I cannot solve the equation,

I just need direction with this step and will attempt the rest on my own, thank you.
Jaco

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2. May 11, 2015

### BvU

Re grasping: you can do this: 2*2(x-1) = 2x.
And you can do something with 22x too ! Once you see that, it's easy ...

3. May 11, 2015

### Jaco Viljoen

Thank you BvU

2^(2x-2)-2*2^(x-1)=8
2^(2x-2)-2^(x-1+1)=8
2^(2x-2)-2^(x)=8
2^(2x-2)-2^(x)-8=0
2^(2(x-1))-2^(x)-8=0
4^(x-1)-2^x=8

or
2^(2x-2)-2*2^(x-1)=8
2^(2(x-1))-2*2^(x-1)=8
4^(x-1)-2*2^(x-1)=8
4^(x-1)-(2*2^(x-1))=8
4^(x-1)-2^(x-1+1)=8
2^(2(x-1))-2^x=8
(2x-1)2-2x=8
ax2+bx+c=0
(2x-1)2-2x-8=0

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4. May 11, 2015

### certainly

Hi Jaco,
You should use either the sub-script and super-script buttons from the post template or $LATEX$, it will make your posts a lot more readable.
The question is basically asking which two powers of 2 have the difference 8. If you just want an answer look at the differences of the first few powers of 2.
To prove it algebraically, you could either factor the expression $2^{2x-2}-2^x$ or continuing on what BvU said, modify the expression $4^{x-1}$ a little more and it should become familiar territory.

5. May 11, 2015

### HallsofIvy

The first thing I would do is let $y= 2^{x- 1}$.

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...... see how you go with that substitution.

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6. May 11, 2015

### BvU

Yes 22x = (22)x. But it's also 2x2 = ... Aha !

7. May 11, 2015

### Jaco Viljoen

Hi Hallsoflvy,
how do you get the 2y? b=-2x not 2x-1
or should I be stepping back to:
2(x-1)2-2(2x-1)=8
ax2+bx+c=0
y2-2y-8=0
y2-2y-8=0

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8. May 11, 2015

### certainly

HallsofIvy took $b=2^{x-1}$ BvU and I took $b=2^{x}$.

9. May 11, 2015

### Jaco Viljoen

I also used b=2x
But I will attempt this way.

10. May 11, 2015

### Jaco Viljoen

Hi Certainly,
where did you get 3?
I know you see it must be 3, but how is it shown?
Should I not have proved this?

11. May 11, 2015

### certainly

In order for $2^{x-2}-1>0$ the power of 2 must be at-least 1. Therefore $x-2=1$ or $x=3$.

12. May 11, 2015

### Jaco Viljoen

22x-2-2*2x-1=8
22x-2-2x-1+1=8
22x-2-2x=8
2x(2x-2-1)=8
for 2x(2x-2-1)>0 the power of 2<=1
x=3
{3}
Is that how I would end my calculation?

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13. May 11, 2015

### SammyS

Staff Emeritus
2(x-1)2 is equivalent to (2(x-1))2 . You did get this right, but the extra parentheses makes clear what is intended.

However, if y = 2x-1 , then 2(2x-1) = 2(y), not 4(y) .

14. May 11, 2015

### Jaco Viljoen

Thank you Sammy,