Intermediate Algebra (6th Edition)

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Chapter 9 - Section 9.3 - Exponential Functions - Exercise Set: 32

Answer

$x=\frac{2}{5}$

Work Step by Step

We are given that $32^{x}=4$. Both of these numbers are powers of 2, so we can rewrite the equation as $(2^{5})^{x}=2^{5x}=2^{2}$. From the uniqueness of $b^{x}$, we know that $b^{x}=b^{y}$ is equivalent to $x=y$ (when $b\gt0$ and $b\ne1$). Therefore, $5x=2$. Divide both sides by 5. $x=\frac{2}{5}$
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