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18 Aug 2011, 14:25
Each of the following equations has at least one solution EXCEPT

a) –2^n = (–2)^-n
b) 2^-n = (–2)^n
c) 2^n = (–2)^-n
d) (–2)^n = –2^n
e) (–2)^-n = –2^-n
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18 Aug 2011, 22:08
sm021984 wrote:
Each of the following equations has at least one solution EXCEPT

a) –2^n = (–2)^-n
b) 2^-n = (–2)^n
c) 2^n = (–2)^-n
d) (–2)^n = –2^n
e) (–2)^-n = –2^-n

The first thing that comes to mind here is that n = 0 and n = 1 will satisfy many of these equations since a^0 = 1 and (-a)^0 = 1. Also, (-a)^1 = -a and -a^1 = -a

n = 0 satisfies options (b) and (c)
n = 1 satisfies options (d) and (e)
Neither satisfies option (a) and hence, by elimination, answer is (a).
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