Solving Exponential Equations SO CONFUSED !?! 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data I'm trying to solve problems like these a) 2(3y-2) = 18 b) 27(33x+1) = 3 c) 2x+2 - 2x = 48 d) 10z+4 + 10z+3 = 11 2. Relevant equations Laws of exponential values. 3. The attempt at a solution b) 2(3y-2) = 18 6y-2 = 18 Stuck/Confused. Maybe there's something fundamental I'm forgetting or making overly complicated. If you divide 18 by 3 to make it 6 so then you could just work with the exponential values to solve for y, wouldn't you also have to do the same thing to 2(3y-2) (or) 6y-2 For say a problem like this 3(5x+1) =15 15x+1 = 15 Now you have both bases balanced, you can work to solve for x x+1 = 0 ? x = 0 - 1 x = -1 That would then mean 150 = 15, which doesn't work out because anything to an exponential value of 0 is 1, correct ?