## SOLVING EXPONENTIAL EQUATIONS

Note:

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

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Solve for the real number x in the following equation.

Problem 7.7b:

Answer: No Real Solution

Solution:

The first step is to isolate .

Add 20 to both sides of the equation.

Divide both sides of the equation by 5.

The next step is to isolate the variable x.

Take the natural logarithm of both sides of the equation..

Use the Quadratic Formula where a=1, b=2,

No Real Solution

No Solution.

You can also check your answer by graphing (formed by subtracting the right side of riginal 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 never crosses the x-axis. This means that there are no real solutions.

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