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Topic: [ap-calculus] Need help with this log problem
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Jeff Stuart

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Re: [ap-calculus] Need help with this log problem
Posted: May 25, 2012 4:01 AM
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Hello Jaime:

First, because of the logs, we must have both x+1 and x-1 positive. Also,
I am reading log2(stuff) as log (base 2) of stuff. Second, 8 = log2(2^8),
so we have

log2(x+1) = log2( 2^8 / (x-1) )


x+1 = 2^8 / (x-1)

(x+1)*(x-1) = 2^8

x^2 -1 = 256

x^2 = 257

x = +sqrt(257) since we cannot have x-1 negative.

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