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If x is a positive integer, and $$m=3^{x+1}$$, then what is the value of $$9^{2x}$$ in terms of m?

a) $$\frac{m^2}{9}$$

b) $$\frac{m^2}{81}$$

c) $$\frac{m^3}{9}$$

b) $$\frac{m^4}{3}$$

e) $$\frac{m^4}{81}$$
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m=3^(x+1)

=> m=3^x* 3

=> m/3 = 3^x

Also, 9^2x = 9^x *9^x => (3^x)^2 * (3^x)^2

=> (m/3)^2*(m/3)^2 => m^4/81

Hence Ans: E
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Put $$x=1$$ in $$m$$=$$3^{x+1}$$ ==>$$m=3^2$$ ==> $$9$$

Now ,Put $$x=1$$ in $$9^{2x}$$ ==> $$81$$

Now put $$m=9$$ in answer options to get $$81$$

Only option E gives $$81$$

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Hello!

Could someone please provide an algebraic solution?

Kind regards!
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jfranciscocuencag wrote:
Hello!

Could someone please provide an algebraic solution?

Kind regards!

m=3^(x+1)

Can be written as => m = $$3^x$$ * 3 -----(a)

To find $$9^{2x}$$ in terms of m

lets expand the question a bit, $$3^{4x}$$

$$3^x * 3^x * 3^x * 3^x$$

Now you can manipulate (a) as $$3^x$$ = m / 3

Just substitute that back into the question, to get m^4 / 81

Does this help in any way ??
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KanishkM wrote:
jfranciscocuencag wrote:
Hello!

Could someone please provide an algebraic solution?

Kind regards!

m=3^(x+1)

Can be written as => m = $$3^x$$ * 3 -----(a)

To find $$9^{2x}$$ in terms of m

lets expand the question a bit, $$3^{4x}$$

$$3^x * 3^x * 3^x * 3^x$$

Now you can manipulate (a) as $$3^x$$ = m / 3

Just substitute that back into the question, to get m^4 / 81

Does this help in any way ??

Hello KanishkM !

Well no, it does not.

I¿m having problems to get to the answer from the easiest way.

Could you please explain to me how to solve it by plugging values, I have spent 2 hours but still don't know how to get the answer.

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