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SOLVING LOGARITHMIC EQUATIONS

Note:

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logarithmic function.

**Solve for x in the following equation.**

**
Example 1:**

Isolate the log term..

For a beginning student, graphing is the best method. When you graph the
function
,
you will notice that the graph
crosses the x-axis three times: at 0, at
0.4161031784, and at
13.62667385. These are the three real solutions.

The exact answers are
and the approximate answers
are 16.16864 and
-10.16864.

These answers may or may not be the solutions. You must check them with the
original equation, either by a numerical substitution or by graphing.

**Numerical Check:**

Check the answer *x*=0 by substituting 0 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.

- Left Side:

- Right Side:

Since the left side of the original equation is equal to the right side of
the original equation after we substitute the value 0 for x, then *x*=0 is
a solution.

Check the answer
*x*=0.4161031784 by substituting
0.4161031784 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.

- Left Side:

- Right Side:

Since the left side of the original equation is equal to the right side of
the original equation after we substitute the value
0.4161031784 for x,
then
*x*=0.4161031784 is a solution.

Check the answer
*x*=13.62667385 by substituting
13.62667385 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.

- Left Side:

- Right Side:

Since the left side of the original equation is equal to the right side of
the original equation after we substitute the value
013.62667385 for x,
then
*x*=13.62667385 is a solution.

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