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New post 04 Mar 2015, 06:55
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I can explain that:

\(\frac{2^x}{4}=2^1^3=2^x^-^2=2^1^3\)

Hope now it's clear


I know that \(2^-2 = 1/4\), but how do you go from \(2^x/4 to 2^(x-2)\)
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Zarrolou wrote:
I can explain that:

\(\frac{2^x}{4}=2^1^3=2^x^-^2=2^1^3\)

Hope now it's clear


I know that \(2^-2 = 1/4\), but how do you go from \(2^x/4 to 2^(x-2)\)


\(\frac{2^x}{4}=\frac{2^x}{2^2}=2^{x-2}\).

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Re: If 2^x-2^(x-2)=3*2^13 what is the value of x? [#permalink]

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New post 26 Apr 2015, 19:56
Another way to do the math I believe...

Step 1: bring the exponent (x-2) down: 2^x - 2^x /2^2 = 3*(2^13)
Step 2: factor out the 2^x: 2^x(1-1/2^2)=3*(2^13)
Step 3: solve inside the parentheses: 2^x(3/4)=3*(2^13)
Step 4: divide by 3/4: 2^x=3*(2^13)*4/3
Step 5: cancel out the 3's 2^x=2^13*4
Step 6: change 4 into exponent: 2^x=2^13*2^2=2^15

Another great method is also just testing the answer choices - I was lucky and started with 15 first so didnt take too long!
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\(2^x - 2^{x-2}=3*2^{13}\), what is the value of x?

A 9
B 11
C 13
D 15
E 17


Make sure to follow posting guidelines. Topic title must be reflective of the first few words of the question itself.

As for the question,

\(2^x - 2^{x-2}=3*2^{13}\) ---> \(2^x - 2^x/4=3*2^{13}\)

--->\((3/4)*2^x = 3*2^{13}\) --->\(2^x = 2^{13}*4 = 2^{13}*2^2 = 2^{15}\)

Thus, comparing both sides of the equation, you get, x=15.

D is thus the correct answer.

You can also use the options to directly substitute the values and see which one fits the given equation.

Hope this helps.
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\(2^x - 2^{x-2}=3*2^{13}\), what is the value of x?

A 9
B 11
C 13
D 15
E 17



\(2^x - 2^{x-2}=3*2^{13}\) can be written as..
\(2^x - 2^x/2^2=3*2^{13}\)..
\(2^x(1-1/4)=3*2^{13}\).
\(3* 2^{x-2}=3*2^13\)....
or x-2=13..
x=15
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Another way to solve this is for example try doing 2^X-2^X-1 = 3(2^3) you will get answer as x=5, so similarly in the above question it should be 13+2 = 15
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Hi All,

Factoring the equation is a useful approach here. You can actually take it a step further by TESTing THE ANSWERS (you might find it easier to manipulate numbers than to manipulate variables). One of those numbers IS the value of X, so you can plug them in, do the necessary math and find the one value that balances out the equation. Here's how to approach it:

Since the "right side" of the equation is greater than 2^14, X must be bigger than 14 (since the "left side" of the equation involves subtraction). So we can eliminate A, B and C.

Let's TEST answer D: 15

If X = 15, then...

2^15 - 2^13 can be factored into...
(2^13)(2^2 - 1) =
(2^13)(3)

This is EXACTLY what's on the "right side" of the equation, so X MUST be 15

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If \(2^x-2^{(x-2)}=3*2^{13}\) what is the value of x?

A. 9
B. 11
C. 13
D. 15
E. 17


\(2^x-2^{(x-2)}=3*2^{13}\)

\(2^{(x-2)} (2^2 - 1) = 3*2^{13}\)

\(2^{(x-2)}*3 = 3*2^{13}\)

Therefore,

\(x - 2 = 13\)

\(x = 15\)

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If \(2^x-2^{(x-2)}=3*2^{13}\) what is the value of x?

A. 9
B. 11
C. 13
D. 15
E. 17



We are given the equation 2^x – 2^(x-2) = 3(2^13) and we must determine x. We can start by rewriting the equation as follows:

2^x – (2^x)(2^-2) = 3(2^13)

Next we can factor out 2^x from the left hand side of the equation.

2^x(1 – 2^-2) = 3(2^13)

2^x(1 – 1/4) = 3(2^13)

2^x(3/4) = 3(2^13)

Multiplying both sides by 4/3 gives us:

2^x = 3(2^13) * 4/3

2^x = (2^13) * 4

2^x = 2^13 * 2^2

2^x = 2^15

x = 15

Answer: D
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TheGerman wrote:
Zarrolou wrote:
I can explain that:

\(2^x-2^x^-^2=2^x(1-2^-^2)=2^x(1-\frac{1}{2^2})=\frac{2^x*3}{4}=3*2^1^3\)



Hey ! Unfortunately, I still don't get where that '3' comes from... Just don't see it... Could anyone explain further in more detail?! Would be great!


Step by step:
\(2^x-2^{x-2}=3*2^{13}\) after this

\(2^x-2^{x}*2^{-2}=3*2^{13}\) how do we additional 2 on the left side ? :?

\(2^x-\frac{2^{x}}{2^{2}}=3*2^{13}\) how do we get fraction on the left side ? :? and how after this

\(2^x(1-\frac{1}{2^{2}})=3*2^{13}\) we get this on the left side

\(2^x(\frac{2^2-1}{2^{2}})=3*2^{13}\)

\(2^x*\frac{3}{2^{2}}=3*2^{13}\)

\(2^x=2^{15}\)

\(x=15\).

Hope it's clear.




Hi pushpitkc, can you please explain some steps below ?

\(2^x-2^{x}*2^{-2}=3*2^{13}\) how do we additional 2 on the left side ? :?

\(2^x-\frac{2^{x}}{2^{2}}=3*2^{13}\) how do we get fraction on the left side ? :?

\(2^x(1-\frac{1}{2^{2}})=3*2^{13}\) how after this

\(2^x(\frac{2^2-1}{2^{2}})=3*2^{13}\) we get this on the left side

\(2^x*\frac{3}{2^{2}}=3*2^{13}\) and how we get this on the left side ? :?

\(2^x=2^{15}\) hopefully this step will be clear after the previous one :)

\(x=15\).

many thanks :)
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Hi pushpitkc, can you please explain some steps below ?

\(2^x-2^{x}*2^{-2}=3*2^{13}\) how do we additional 2 on the left side ? :?

\(2^x-\frac{2^{x}}{2^{2}}=3*2^{13}\) how do we get fraction on the left side ? :?

\(2^x(1-\frac{1}{2^{2}})=3*2^{13}\) how after this

\(2^x(\frac{2^2-1}{2^{2}})=3*2^{13}\) we get this on the left side

\(2^x*\frac{3}{2^{2}}=3*2^{13}\) and how we get this on the left side ? :?

\(2^x=2^{15}\) hopefully this step will be clear after the previous one :)

\(x=15\).

many thanks :)



Hi dave13

Some formulae in exponents that you must remember in exponents

\(a^0 = 1\) | \(a^1 = a\) | \(\sqrt{a} = a^{\frac{1}{2}}\) | \(a^{-n} = \frac{1}{a^n}\)

\(a^{m+n} = a^m*a^n\) | \(\frac{a^m}{a^n}=a^{m−n}\) | \(a^n = \frac{1}{a^{-n}}\)

Coming back to the problem at hand

\(2^x-2^{x}*2^{-2}=3*2^{13}\)

\(2^x-\frac{2^{x}}{2^{2}}=3*2^{13}\) Here, \(2^{x-2} = 2^{x + (-2)} = 2^x*2^{-2}\)

\(2^x(1-\frac{1}{2^{2}})=3*2^{13}\) Here, we take \(2^x\) as common from both the expressions

\(2^x(\frac{2^2-1}{2^{2}})=3*2^{13}\) Here, we simplify \(1 - \frac{1}{2^2}\) as \(\frac{2^2 - 1}{2^2} = \frac{4-1}{2^2} = \frac{3}{2^2}\)

\(2^x*\frac{3}{2^{2}}=3*2^{13}\) -> \(2^x=2^{15}\) Here, we take \(2^2\) from left hand side to right hand side
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dave13 wrote:
Hi pushpitkc, can you please explain some steps below ?

\(2^x-2^{x}*2^{-2}=3*2^{13}\) how do we additional 2 on the left side ? :?

\(2^x-\frac{2^{x}}{2^{2}}=3*2^{13}\) how do we get fraction on the left side ? :?

\(2^x(1-\frac{1}{2^{2}})=3*2^{13}\) how after this

\(2^x(\frac{2^2-1}{2^{2}})=3*2^{13}\) we get this on the left side

\(2^x*\frac{3}{2^{2}}=3*2^{13}\) and how we get this on the left side ? :?

\(2^x=2^{15}\) hopefully this step will be clear after the previous one :)

\(x=15\).

many thanks :)



Hi dave13

Some formulae in exponents that you must remember in exponents

\(a^0 = 1\) | \(a^1 = a\) | \(\sqrt{a} = a^{\frac{1}{2}}\) | \(a^{-n} = \frac{1}{a^n}\)

\(a^{m+n} = a^m*a^n\) | \(\frac{a^m}{a^n}=a^{m−n}\) | \(a^n = \frac{1}{a^{-n}}\)

Coming back to the problem at hand

\(2^x-2^{x}*2^{-2}=3*2^{13}\)

\(2^x-\frac{2^{x}}{2^{2}}=3*2^{13}\) Here, \(2^{x-2} = 2^{x + (-2)} = 2^x*2^{-2}\)

\(2^x(1-\frac{1}{2^{2}})=3*2^{13}\) Here, we take \(2^x\) as common from both the expressions

\(2^x(\frac{2^2-1}{2^{2}})=3*2^{13}\) Here, we simplify \(1 - \frac{1}{2^2}\) as \(\frac{2^2 - 1}{2^2} = \frac{4-1}{2^2} = \frac{3}{2^2}\)

\(2^x*\frac{3}{2^{2}}=3*2^{13}\) -> \(2^x=2^{15}\) Here, we take \(2^2\) from left hand side to right hand side



pushpitkc,
thanks for explanation, i somehow dont get based on which formula did you solve the below expression, (you provide all formulas but i couldnt recognize the pattern (i mean which formula to apply) :?
Here, \(2^{x-2} = 2^{x + (-2)} = 2^x*2^{-2}\)
can you please explain somehow :)
thanks and have a good weekend :)

generis :-) perhaps you can explain from different angle if such angle exists ? :) I chase quant like dog chases its tale … :-) trying to "catch" understanding ..., having hard time dealing with exponents now :) hope are enjoying the weekend too :-)
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pushpitkc,
thanks for explanation, i somehow dont get based on which formula did you solve the below expression, (you provide all formulas but i couldnt recognize the pattern (i mean which formula to apply) :?
Here, \(2^{x-2} = 2^{x + (-2)} = 2^x*2^{-2}\)
can you please explain somehow :)
thanks and have a good weekend :)

generis :-) perhaps you can explain from different angle if such angle exists ? :) I chase quant like dog chases its tale … :-) trying to "catch" understanding ..., having hard time dealing with exponents now :) hope are enjoying the weekend too :-)


Hey dave13

\(2^{x-2} = 2^{x + (-2)}\) We do this step in order to convert the exponent into \(a^{m+n}\)

\(2^{x + (-2)} = 2^x*2^{-2}\) Now, we use the formula - \(a^{m+n} = a^m * a^n\)

\(2^x*2^{-2} = 2^x * \frac{1}{2^{2}}\) Now, we use the formula - \(a^{-m} = \frac{1}{a^m}\)

This is how \(2^x - 2^{x-2} = 3*2^{13}\) becomes \(2^x - 2^x * \frac{1}{2^{2}} = 3*2^{13}\)

Once, we take \(2^x\) as common, we will arrive at this: \(2^x(1-\frac{1}{2^{2}})=3*2^{13}\)

Hope the rest of the solution is clear!
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generis :-) perhaps you can explain from different angle if such angle exists ? :) I chase quant like dog chases its tale … :-) trying to "catch" understanding ..., having hard time dealing with exponents now :) hope are enjoying the weekend too :-)

Tenacity, thy name is dave13 ;)

I will solve a different way, in two parts.

In Part II, I will try to explain how or why a rule is working.

You are fairly warned here:
Sometimes, if we get too immersed in a specific problem,
we get stuck. Maybe if we "start over" it will help.

I. Solving without much explanation (see Part II)

\(2^x-2^{(x-2)}=3*2^{13}\): "Break apart" LHS's second term

\(2^{x}-(2^{x}*2^{-2})=3*2^{13}\): Rewrite the term that has a negative exponent

\(2^{x}-(2^{x}*\frac{1}{2^2})=3*2^{13}\): LHS parentheses: combine into one term

\(2^{x}-(\frac{2^{x}}{2^2})=3*2^{13}\): Clear the fraction

\(2^x*(2^2)-\frac{2^{x}}{2^{2}}*(2^2)=3*2^{13}*(2^2)=\)

\(2^{x}2^2-2^{x}=3*2^{13}2^{2}\)

LHS: factor out \(2^{x}\)
RHS: Add exponents of 2

\(2^{x}(2^2-1)=3*2^{(13+2)}=\)

\(2^{x}*(3)=(3)*2^{15}\)

Factor out 3, result is

\(2^{x}=2^{15}\)

Same base, different exponents: set exponents equal

\(x=15\)

FINIS

Part II - same as above, explained in detail
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Original: \(2^x-2^{(x-2)}=3*2^{13}\)

Let's start with LHS: \(2^x-2^{(x-2)}\)

1) Rewrite LHS in two ways

A) Rewrite the second term:
\(2^{(x-2)}=2^{x}*2^{-2}\)

The product rule \(a^{n}a^{m}a^{q}=a^{n+m+q}\) . . .
from the other direction

\(a^{n+m+q}=a^{n}a^{m}a^{q}\) AND
\(a^{(n-m)} = a^{n + (-m)}=a^{n}a^{-m}\)

Adding a negative number is the same as subtracting.
IMO, this one is a black hole. Let it go. Use the practical tip.

Practical tip: If we have a number raised to a bunch of different
powers all in the same exponent, just "break up" that long exponent.

Write a 2, and the exponent, for each exponent. Watch the sign.
If it helps, put a multiplication sign in between each 2

Example
\(2^{(a+b+2-c)}=\)

\(2^{a}*2^{b}*2^2*2^{-c}\)

So we just "unpacked" \(2^{x-2}\) the same way

\(2^{x-2}=\)
\(2^{x}*2^{-2}=\)
\(2^{x}2^{-2}\)

B) Now rewrite just this little term: \(2^{-2}\)

\(2^{-2}=\frac{1}{2^2}\)

That rewrite comes from the negative exponent rule, discussed here

C) Put together the two LHS rewrites: \(2^{x}*\frac{1}{2^2}\)

Multiply to make one term: \(=\frac{2^{x}}{2^2}\)

Write "new" LHS in full: \(2^x-\frac{2^{x}}{2^2}\)

4) Substitute new LHS into the original

\(2^x-\frac{2^{x}}{2^2}=3*2^{13}\)

5) Clear the fraction. Multiply each term by \(2^2\)

\(2^x*(2^2)-\frac{2^{x}}{2^{2}}*(2^2)=3*2^{13}*(2^2)\)

\(2^{x}*2^2-2^{x}=3*2^{13}*2^{2}=\)

\(2^{x}2^2-2^{x}=3*2^{13}2^{2}\)

(Just no explicit multiplication signs IN terms ... Often they are not written)

7) LHS: factor out \(2^{x}\)

Factor out \(2^{x}\)
\(2^{x}2^2-2^{x}=\)
\(2^{x}*(2^2-1)=\)
\(2^{x}*(4-1)=\)
\(2^{x}*(3)\)

That factoring is the same as this kind of factoring:

\((ax-a)=\)
\((a*x)-(a*1)=\)
\(a*(x-1)=\)
\(a(x-1)\)

Here is good information on factoring.
RESULT, LHS \(2^{x}*(3)\)

8) RHS: add exponents of the two 2s
RHS = \(3*2^{13}2^{2}=\)

\(3*2^{(13+2)}=3*2^{15}\)

An example of the exponent product rule.
Same base, different exponents, multiplication of bases?
Add the exponents.

Here is an explanation of the "product" rule and more.
More information to help.

RHS result:\(3*2^{15}\)

7) Combine LHS from #6 and RHS from #7:

\(2^{x}*(3)=(3)*2^{15}\)

8) Factor out ("cancel") the 3s:

\(2^{x}=2^{15}\)

9) Set exponents equal = answer

\(x=15\)

Hope that helps. :-D
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generis many thanks for your explanation :-)


just a few questions :)

Question # 1: here \(2^x*(2^2)-\frac{2^{x}}{2^{2}}=3*2^{13}*(2^2)\)

when you clear fraction on the RHS why \((2^2)\) you only multiply by \(2^{13}\) and not by both numbers including 3 ?

like this RHS -- > \(3*(2^2) *2^{13}*(2^2)\)


Question # 2: here \(2^{x}2^2-2^{x}=3*2^{13}2^{2}\) when when we factor out \(2^x\)

LHS: factor out \(2^{x}\)
RHS: Add exponents of 2
\(2^{x}(2^2-1)=3*2^{(13+2)}=\)
\(2^{x}*(3)=(3)*2^{15}\)

i thought from here \(2^{x}2^2-2^{x}\) we simply add exponents like this

\(2^{2+x} - 2^x\) so here i equate bases and i get \(2+x-x\) :? but then i get only 2, since x`s are cancelled out :?

On the other hand if i use your approach of factoring out \(2^x\)

\(2^{x}(2^2-1)\) from here if i want to get back to initial equation (before factoring out \(2^x\))

so i get \(2^{2+x} - 2^{x+1}\) is it correct ? :? now i equate bases and get \(2+x-x+1 =3\)

shouldnt we equate bases ? :-) as i tried to demonstrate above :)

Question # 3: here, i didnt get

how from here

\(2^{x}*(3)=(3)*2^{15}\)

8) Factor out ("cancel") the 3s:

we get this

\(2^{x}=2^{15}\)

you say factoring / cancelling out but 3 is only in brackets and not like canceled as for example i would say example \(\frac{3}{4}\)*\(\frac{4}{7}\) here i cancel out 4s :)


well these are my questions :) I would appreaciate if you could explain :)
Re: If 2^x-2^(x-2)=3*2^13 what is the value of x?   [#permalink] 18 Jun 2018, 04:15

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