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Solve for x in the following equation.
Example 1:
The first objective is to isolate the expression .
Subtract 5 from both sides of the equation.
Take the natural logarithm of both sides of the equation
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Use the Quadratic Formula where a=1, b=-6, .
and
The exact answers are and the approximate answers are and
Check these answers in the original equation.
Check the solution by substituting 5.88954754282 in the original equation for x. If the left side of the equation equals the right side of the equation after the substitution, you have found the correct answer.
Check the solution by substituting 0.110452457185 in the original equation for x. If the left side of the equation equals the right side of the equation after the substitution, you have found the correct answer.
You can also check your answer by graphing (formed by subtracting the right side of the original equation from the left side). Look to see where the graph crosses the x-axis; that will be the real solution. Note that the graph crosses the x-axis at 5.88954754282 and 0.110452457185. This means that 5.88954754282 and 0.110452457185 are the real solutions.
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