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SOLVING EXPONENTIAL EQUATIONS

Note:

- To solve an exponential equation, isolate the exponential term, take
the logarithm of both sides and solve.

If you would like an in-depth review of exponents, the rules of exponents,
exponential functions and exponential equations, click on exponential function.

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

**Problem 7.2b:**

**Answer:** and the approximate answer is

**Solution:**

The first step is to isolate the exponential term. Therefore, subtract 10
from both sides of the equation

Take the natural logarithm of both sides of the equation

The exact answer is and the approximate answer is

When solving the above problem, you could have used any logarithm. For
example, let's solve it using the logarithmic with base 5.

Check this answer in the original equation.

Check the solution by substituting 4.38202663467 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 4.38202663467 for x,
then *x*=4.38202663467 is a solution.

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 4.38202663467. This
means that 4.38202663467 is the real solution.

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on Solution.
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