# SOLVING LOGARITHMIC EQUATIONS

1. To solve a logarithmic equation, rewrite the equation in exponential form and solve for the variable.

Problem 1: Solve for x in the equation

Solution:

Step 1: Since you cannot take the log of a negative number, we have to restrict the domain so that 7x >0 or x > 0.
Step 2: Isolate the Log term in the original equation by subtracting 4 from each side of the equation:

Step 3: Convert the above logarithmic equation to an exponential equation with base 3 and exponent 6:

Step 4: Divide both sides of the above equation by 7:

Check: Let's substitute the approximate value in the answer and determine whether the left side of the equation equals the right side of the equation after the substitution. Remember we rounded the number and the answer is only a close approximation, so the left and right side of the equation will most likely be very close but not equal; it depends on the number of decimals were rounded in your answer

or

Since the value of the left side of the equation is very close to 10 when you substitute the value of x, and the right side of the equal is 10, you have proved your answer. It won't check exactly because we rounded the value of x.

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