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4^x + 4^x = 2 What is the value of x? A. 1 B. 1/2 C. 0 D. 1/2 E. 1
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nimc2012 wrote: 4^x + 4 ^x = 2 What is the value of x?
a) 1 b) 1/2 c) 0 d)1/2 e) 1
Thanks 0 (you can try and plug)



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thank you so much...it was an easy question!



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That's easy and thanks for the explanation



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nimc2012 wrote: 4^x + 4^x = 2 What is the value of x?
a) 1 b) 1/2 c) 0 d) 1/2 e) 1
Thanks X^0 = 1 for all values of X 4^0 + 4^1/2 > 4^0 + 1/4^0 > 1 + 1 = 2
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4^x + 4^x = 2 What is the value of x?
a) 1 b) 1/2 c) 0 d) 1/2 e) 1
Both X and X are present in the equation as exponents. Hence if there is any solution to the equation, there would be another solution to the equation with the same absolute value and opposite polarity and so there cannot be a unique solution. So hypothetically if 1 is the answer then +1 would also be a solution and the same for 1/2 and +1/2. '0' is the only number without polarity. Hence answer is C



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Bunuel wrote: Bumping for review and further discussion*. Get a kudos point for an alternative solution! *New project from GMAT Club!!! Check HERElet 4^x = t t+1/t =2 t^2 2t +1 =0 (t1)^2=0 t1=0 t=1 4^x=1 x=0 Ans: C
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Can someone please let me know if this method is a correct way to solve this problem?
My work: 4^x+4^x=2 2^2x+2^2x=2^1 2^2x (1+1)=2^1 2^2x(2^1)=2^1 (Same bases, so remove them) 2x+1=1 x=0
Please let me know if you can or CANNOT do this! Thanks!



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Bunuel wrote: onsameline wrote: Can someone please let me know if this method is a correct way to solve this problem?
My work: 4^x+4^x=2 2^2x+2^2x=2^1 2^2x (1+1)=2^1 2^2x(2^1)=2^1 (Same bases, so remove them) 2x+1=1 x=0
Please let me know if you can or CANNOT do this! Thanks! The red part is not correct: \(2^{2x}+2^{2x}=2^1\) > \(2^{2x}+\frac{1}{2^{2x}}=2^1\) > you cannot factor out 2^2x from LHS the way you did. Hope it's clear. Thank you! So, is there pretty much no way to factor this \(2^{2x}+2^{2x}=2^1\)



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onsameline wrote: Can someone please let me know if this method is a correct way to solve this problem?
My work: 4^x+4^x=2 2^2x+2^2x=2^1 2^2x (1+1)=2^1 2^2x(2^1)=2^1 (Same bases, so remove them) 2x+1=1 x=0
Please let me know if you can or CANNOT do this! Thanks! 2^2x+2^2x=2^1 or, 2^2x (1+2^4x)=2^1 No 1 there..............
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Or one can also remember the following property 2^x + 2^x = 2^x+1 Here x+1 = 1, so x=0 In stem we have 2^2x + 2^2x= 1 We can replace x = 0 and see that equation holds Thus C is the correct answer If this helps press Kudos! Cheers! J



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Bunuel wrote: Bumping for review and further discussion*. Get a kudos point for an alternative solution! *New project from GMAT Club!!! Check HEREAlternate Solution: 4^x + 4 ^x = 2 Can be written as (2^x) ^ 2  2 + 1/(2^x) ^ 2 = 0 (2^x  1/2^x ) ^ 2 = 0 (The above LHS equation is a perfect square) 2^x = 1/2^x = 2^x So x = x = 0 Answer = C
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nimc2012 wrote: 4^x + 4^x = 2 What is the value of x?
A. 1 B. 1/2 C. 0 D. 1/2 E. 1 If we plug from the answer options we get x = 0 as 4^0 + 4^0 = 2
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I can actually see that the only logical reason is if x = 0.
But why does the equation fail here: 2^2x + 2^2x = 2^1
Shouldnt it, accordingly be 2x  2x = 1?



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Don't look too far into this problem.
The main concept being tested here is the power of ZERO.
Any number raised to a zero power = 1. You should know this property and if you don't, use this as a learning opportunity.
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