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Shortcut approach: (\frac{1}{5})^m * (\frac{1}{4})^{18} = \frac{1}{2*10^{35}} --> \frac{1}{5^m}* (\frac{1}{4})^{18} = \frac{1}{2*2^{35}*5^{35}} --> as there are only integers in the answer choices then we can concentrate only on the power of 5: they should be equal on both sides --> m=35.

Since you are asked to find the power of 5 i.e. m, you should be looking for 5 on the right hand side of the equation raised to some power. There is 10 on the denominator which is 2 * 5 raised to the power 35. The rest of the solution is rearranging to compare the powers of 5 on both sides.
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Last edited by hb on 10 Aug 2013, 19:07, edited 1 time in total.