2018 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 14
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Problem
The solutions to the equation , where is a positive real number other than or , can be written as where and are relatively prime positive integers. What is ?
Solution 1
We apply the Change of Base Formula, then rearrange: By the logarithmic identity it follows that from which the answer is
~jeremylu (Fundamental Logic)
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Solution 2
We will apply the following logarithmic identity: which can be proven by the Change of Base Formula: We rewrite the original equation as from which Therefore, the answer is
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Solution 3
By the logarithmic identity the original equation becomes By the logarithmic identity we multiply both sides by then apply the Change of Base Formula to the left side: Therefore, the answer is
~Pikachu13307 (Fundamental Logic)
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Solution 4
We can convert both and into and respectively: Converting the bases of the right side, we get Dividing both sides by we get from which Expanding this equation gives Thus, we have from which the answer is
~lepetitmoulin (Solution)
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Solution 5 (Exponential Form)
Let
We convert the equations to the exponential form: Cubing the first equation and squaring the second equation, we have Applying the Transitive Property, we get from which the answer is
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