# Help finding x

#### Matrix

Hi, I am having trouble finding x for the following exquation:
2x=16-3/4 * sqrt(2)

Any help on solving it would be much apprecitated.

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#### dduardo

Staff Emeritus
why don't you use logs.

2^x = 16^(-3/4) * sqrt(2)

x*ln(2) = ln(16^(-3/4) * sqrt(2) )

x = ln(16^(-3/4) * sqrt(2) ) / ln(2)

#### jcsd

Gold Member
reduce it further to:

x = -2.5

#### dduardo

Staff Emeritus
jcsd, your i see you changed your reduction. The previous one was obviously wrong.

#### Matrix

Is it possible to find x not using logs?

#### jcsd

Gold Member
Duardo: No, it was perfectly correct.

#### dduardo

Staff Emeritus
Originally posted by Matrix
Is it possible to find x not using logs?
yes.

you can convert 16 to a base 2

16^(-3/4) = (2^4)^(-3/4) = 2^(-3)

therefore

2^x = 2^(-3) * 2^(1/2)

2^x = 2^(-5/2)

x = -2.5

#### Chrono

This is probably off topic, but don't you just love logs?

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