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SOLVING LOGARITHMIC EQUATIONS

Note:

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

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

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Example 3:**

The equation is valid only if
*x*^{2}-18*x*+80>0 or

Isolate the log term..

The exact answers are
and the approximate answers are 16.071068 and 1.928932.

These answers may or may not be the solutions. You must check them with the
original equation, either by a numerical substitution or by graphing.

**Numerical Check:**

Check the answer
by substituting 16.071068 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 16.071068 for x, then
*x*=16.071068 is a solution.

Check the answer
by substituting 1.928932 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 1.928932 for x, then *x*= 1.928932 is a solution.

**Graphical Method:**

Graph the function

or
and look to see where the graph crosses the x-axis. Note that the graph
crosses at two places and the two places are the two real solutions.

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example, click on problem.
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