How do you solve #2^x = 5^(x - 2)#?

1 Answer
Oct 29, 2016

Answer:

How you do it is explained below.

Explanation:

Take the natural logarithm of both sides:

#ln(2^x) = ln(5^(x - 2))#

Use the identity #ln(a^b) = ln(a)b#

#ln(2)x = ln(5)(x - 2)#

Distribute ln(5):

#ln(2)x = ln(5)x - 2ln(5)#

Subtract ln(5)x from both sides:

#(ln(2)-ln(5))x = -2ln(5)#

Multiply both sides by -1:

#(ln(5)-ln(2))x = 2ln(5)#

Divide both sides by #(ln(5)-ln(2))#:

#x = (2ln(5))/(ln(5)-ln(2))#

#x ~~ 3.5#