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# If x = 3^2, then what is the value of x^x?

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If $$x = 3^2$$, then what is the value of $$x^x$$?

A. 3^4
B. 3^8
C. 3^9
D. 3^12
E. 3^18

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05 Feb 2019, 02:17
Bunuel wrote:
If $$x = 3^2$$, then what is the value of $$x^x$$?

A. 3^4
B. 3^8
C. 3^9
D. 3^12
E. 3^18

IMO E

x = 3^2 = 9

x^x = 9^9 = 3^18
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05 Feb 2019, 02:23
Bunuel wrote:
If $$x = 3^2$$, then what is the value of $$x^x$$?

A. 3^4
B. 3^8
C. 3^9
D. 3^12
E. 3^18

Simplify x first.

$$x = 3^2 = 9$$

$$x^x = 9^9 = (3^2)^9 = 3^{18}$$

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Updated on: 06 Feb 2019, 18:44
Bunuel wrote:
If $$x = 3^2$$, then what is the value of $$x^x$$?

A. 3^4
B. 3^8
C. 3^9
D. 3^12
E. 3^18

My reasoning:

$$3^{2* 3^2}$$

This becomes 3^18

Originally posted by kchen1994 on 05 Feb 2019, 14:35.
Last edited by kchen1994 on 06 Feb 2019, 18:44, edited 1 time in total.
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06 Feb 2019, 18:41
Bunuel wrote:
If $$x = 3^2$$, then what is the value of $$x^x$$?

A. 3^4
B. 3^8
C. 3^9
D. 3^12
E. 3^18

Since x = 9, and since 9 = 3^2, we have:

9^9 = (3^2)^9 = 3^18

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