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Oh I feel so insignificant help me

  1. Sep 14, 2003 #1
    ok a friend told me that this is a great forum.
    yeah i need two questions...ahem i feel helpless so bare with me...

    Legend-To the power is (^)

    Solve for X

    1)8^1/4 times (1/4)^x over 2 = 16^3/4

    2)5^24x^2 = 5^-71x+30

    Im new here and i will spending a lot of time here because Math isn't one of my strongest subjects, Im in grd.11 advance math btw.
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  3. Sep 14, 2003 #2
    Oh Im deeply sorry I posted in the wrong board...*sigh*
    Would one of the mods. erase this...sorry again
  4. Sep 16, 2003 #3


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    Nothing wrong with feeling insignificant!

    Also nothing wrong with posting mathematics questions to the mathematics board!

    Although you might get a more sympathetic hearing for problems like these by posting to the "homework" boards.

    In any case, you have:
    1)8^1/4 times (1/4)^x over 2 = 16^3/4

    By which I guess you mean 8^(1/4)*(1/4)^x/2= 16^(3/4)

    First thing you should do is clear the "constant" parts from the left side by dividing the equation by 8^(1/4) and multiplying by 2. That gives (1/4)^x = 2(16^(3/4))/8^(1/4). It might help to break 16 into 2*8 and write 16^(3/4) as 2^(3/4)*8^(3/4). 8^(3/4)= (8^(1/4))^3 so 8^(3/4)/8^(1/4)= (8^(1/4))^2= 8^(1/2)= (4*2)^(1/2)= 2*2^(1/2).

    That simplifies the right side to give (1/4)^x= 4*2^(1/2).

    Since x is an exponent on the right, you need to use the "opposite" of exponential, the logarithm.
    log((1/4)^x)= xlog(1/4)= log(4*2^(1/2)= log(4)+ (1/2)log(2)
    so x= (log(4)+ (1/2)log(2))/(log(1/4))

    Since log(4)= log(2^2)= 2log(2) and log(1/4)= -log(4)= -2log(2),

    x= (2log(2)+ (1/2)log(2))/(-2log(2))
    = (2+ 1/2)log(2)/(-2 log(2))= (5/2)/(-2)= -5/4.

    2)5^24x^2 = 5^-71x+30

    Here we really need more information- more parentheses!

    Does 5^24x^2 mean 5^(24x^2)?. In other words is the x^2 in the exponent as well?

    Also does 5^-71x+ 30 mean (5^(-71))x+ 30
    or (5^(-71x))+ 30 or 5^(-71x+ 30)?
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  6. Aug 20, 2004 #5
    o_O couldn't hurt to use a few more parentheses. Please edit your post if you don't already have the solutions?
  7. Apr 19, 2005 #6
    the first one is kinda confusing cause the way you typed it. but the second one is not hard. since both sides have the base of 5, and they are equal, that means the exponents have to be the same. so 24x^2=-71x+30
  8. Apr 24, 2005 #7


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    this thread reminds me of homer and jethro: "lord, I feel so unnecessary"
  9. Dec 25, 2005 #8
    If you meant
    ((8^.25)(.25^x))/2 = 16^.75
    then, x = -1.625.
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