Precalculus: Concepts Through Functions, A Unit Circle Approach to Trigonometry (3rd Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32193-104-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-32193-104-7

Chapter 4 - Exponential and Logarithmic Functions - Section 4.6 Logarithmic and Exponential Equations - 4.6 Assess Your Understanding - Page 337: 42



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Note that $a^y = b \text{ is equivalent to } y = \log_a b$. Thus, $5^{-x}=25\\ \longrightarrow -x = \log_5 25\\ -x=\log_5{\left(5^2\right)}$ Recall: $\log_a a^r =r$ Hence, $\log_5 5^2 = 2$ Therefore, $-x = 2\\ x=-2$
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