Intermediate Algebra for College Students (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-13417-894-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-13417-894-3

Chapter 9 - Section 9.5 - Exponential and Logarithmic Equations - Exercise Set - Page 726: 35


$x \approx -1.14$

Work Step by Step

RECALL: $\ln{e^a} = a$ Take the natural logarithm of both sides to obtain: $\ln{e^{1-5x}}=\ln{793}$ Use the rule above to obtain: $1-5x=\ln{793}$ Subtract $1$ ob both sides to obtain: $-5x = -1+\ln{793}$ Divide $-5$ on both sides of the equation to obtain: $x = \dfrac{-1+\ln{793}}{-5}$ Use a scientific calculator to obtain: $x=-1.135164644 \\x \approx -1.14$
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