# SOLVING EXPONENTIAL EQUATIONS - Problem 4 To solve an exponential equation, take the log of both sides, and solve for the variable. Problem 4: Solve for x in the equation Solution:

Step 1: Graph the function Note that it crosses the x-axis only once between 6 and 7. This means there is just one real solution and that solution is between 6 and 7.

Step 2: Take the Ln of both sides of the original equation: Step 3: Simplify the left side of the above equation using Logarithmic Rule 3: Step 4: Divide both sides of the above equation by to get is the exact answer and is the approximate answer.

Check: Let's check the approximate answer with the original problem. When we substitute the above value of x in the left side of the equation, we get You can also check your answer by graphing the function and note where it crosses the x-axis. If you have worked the problem correctly, it should be the same values of x.

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