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5^x - 5^(x-3) = 124(5^y), what is y in terms of x? A x B x-6

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5^x - 5^(x-3) = 124(5^y), what is y in terms of x? A x B x-6 [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2007, 15:20
5^x - 5^(x-3) = 124(5^y), what is y in terms of x?

A x
B x-6
C x-3
D 2x+3
E 2x+6

Please provide your explanations
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2007, 16:28
5^X - 5^X-3 = 124 5^Y

It is important to recognize 124 is 5^3 -1.

Once you realize that... you can reduce the L.H.S to

(5^3-1)* 5^-3 * 5^x = 5^3-1 * y

x-3 = y
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2007, 16:32
ioiio wrote:
5^X - 5^X-3 = 124 5^Y

It is important to recognize 124 is 5^3 -1.

Once you realize that... you can reduce the L.H.S to

(5^3-1)* 5^-3 * 5^x = 5^3-1 * y

x-3 = y


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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2007, 18:00
5^x - 5^x(1/125) = 124(5^y)
5^x(1-1/125) = 124(5^y)

5^x(124/125) = 124(5^y)
5^x = 125(5^y)
x = y+3
y = x-3
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2007, 15:57
The OA is C. Thanks, guys!
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