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Solve for x in the following equation.
Isolate the exponential term.
Divide both sides of the equation by 12
Take the natural logarithm of both sides of the equation
The exact answer is and the approximate answer is
Your exact answer may differ dependent how what logarithm you used to solve the problem. However, all forms of the correct answer will simplify to the same approximate answer.
When solving the above problem, you could have used any logarithm. For example, let's solve it using the logarithmic with base 11.
Check this answer in the original equation.
Check the solution ) by substituting -5.61370563888 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 -5.61370563888. This means that -5.61370563888 is the real solution.
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