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Solve for x in the following equation.
Your first objective is to isolate the expression.
Add to both sides of the equation .
Multiply both sides of the equation by
Your second objective is to isolate the variable x.
Take the natural logarithm of both sides of the equation
The exact answer is and the approximate answer is
Check this answer in the original equation.
Check the solution by substituting -0.501676693208 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 -0.501676693208. This means that -0.501676693208 is the real solution.
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