# Finding the maximum domains

I have a problem solving this equation for x - finding the maximum domains.

3(2^(2x+1)+5(2^(-x) )= 31

What I did first was to take the logarithim on both sides of the equation.... to solve for x. But that apparantly isn't a "logical" way to proceed. Any advice?

matt grime
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taking logs won't help. logs don't work well when you're adding things. why take logs anyway? you just want the set of x for which that expression makes sense for whatever rules you have to satsify. For quesitons like this it is 'avoid square roots of -ve numbers, and don't divide by zero'.

Ey Dude , I think u didnt get the function fully,it is
[3(2^(2x+1))]+[5(2^(-x)] = 31

^ means to the power of ...

I would appreciate any help i could get from anyone that has any idea at all to solve this equation because i have a upcoming exam tommorrow with the similiar question like this and i really need help..please i would appreciate all kinds of help that i could get..i just can solve this equation as i have no idea whether to input it with log or should i input it with a different way...any suggestions also would be gladly welcomed...is there another way i could approach this equation as i have tried it with log and it didn't come out so well..so please..any approach??and for assurance that i am not here just that everyone to help me do my homework without me solving i found out with logs that the answer was x=-1.336 which is i wrong i think..please :P

matt grime
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You asked to find the domain of something. I presumed that to be the LHS of the equation. So are you really asking 'how do I solve this for x?' i.e. nothing to do with domains?

Set t=2^x and express your equation in t. Rearrange it a little and you'll get a polynomial. Solve. Then substitute x back and solve for it.

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