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The function f is defined by f(x)=2^x-3. If f(x)=31, then the value of x is between?

A) 1 and 2
B) 2 and 3
C) 3 and 4
D) 4 and 5
E) 5 and 6

Originally posted by felippemed on 22 Sep 2016, 16:25.
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The function f is defined by f(x)= 2^x - 3. If f(x)=31, then the value of x is between?

A) 1 and 2
B) 2 and 3
C) 3 and 4
D) 4 and 5
E) 5 and 6


Given: f(x) = 2^x - 3
So, if f(x) = 31, we can write: 2^x - 3 = 31
Add 3 to both sides to get: 2^x = 34 [solve this equation for x]

We know that 2^5 = 32
and 2^6 = 64
Since 34 lies between 32 and 64, we can conclude that x is between 5 and 6

Answer:

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If f(x) = 31, then we know that f(x)= 2^x - 3 = 31.
x = sqrt(34) from the above equation

We will get a value of x which will be greater than 5, and lesser than 6. Option E is the solution
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If f(x) = 31, then we know that f(x)= 2^x - 3 = 31.
x = sqrt(34) from the above equation

We will get a value of x which will be greater than 5, and lesser than 6. Option E is the solution


f(x) = \(2^x - 3\) Not \(x^2-3\)
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\(f(x)=2^x-3\)

==>\(31= 2^x-3\)
==>\(2^x = 34\)
==> \(2^x = 17 * 2\)
==> \(2^x = (16+1) * 2\)
==> \(2^x = (2^4+2^0) * 2\)
==> \(2^x = 2^5+2^1\)

5<x<6

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I have a somehow silly question, but how to know that the expression in the question is:

2^x-3 (where 3 is not part of the exponent) and not x^(2-3) where 3 is part of the exponent?
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I have a somehow silly question, but how to know that the expression in the question is:

2^x-3 (where 3 is not part of the exponent) and not x^(2-3) where 3 is part of the exponent?


Good question.
It's tough to avoid ambiguity in these forums.
Brackets would certainly help.
The prompt could have been written as: f(x)=(2^x) - 3
Alternatively, if the 3 were part of the exponent, we could have written: f(x) = 2^(x-3)

On the official GMAT, you won't have to worry about that, since the exponents will be raised.

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I have a somehow silly question, but how to know that the expression in the question is:

2^x-3 (where 3 is not part of the exponent) and not x^(2-3) where 3 is part of the exponent?


Good question.
It's tough to avoid ambiguity in these forums.
Brackets would certainly help.
The prompt could have been written as: f(x)=(2^x) - 3
Alternatively, if the 3 were part of the exponent, we could have written: f(x) = 2^(x-3)

On the official GMAT, you won't have to worry about that, since the exponents will be raised.

Cheers,
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The function f is defined by f(x)=2^x-3. If f(x)=31, then the value of x is between?

A) 1 and 2
B) 2 and 3
C) 3 and 4
D) 4 and 5
E) 5 and 6


Here is how i went abt it

(2^x) - 3 = 31
(2^x) - 3 = (2^5) - 1
(2^x) - (2^2) -1 = (2^5) - 1
(2^x) = (2^5) + (2^2)

and hence x lies between 5 and 6
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\(f(x)=2^x-3\)

==>\(31= 2^x-3\)
==>\(2^x = 34\)
==> \(2^x = 17 * 2\)
==> \(2^x = (16+1) * 2\)
==> \(2^x = (2^4+2^0) * 2\)
==> \(2^x = 2^5+2^1\)

5<x<6

Ans E.


Nice solution. Alternatively:

==> \(31= 2^x-3\)
==> \(2^x = 34\)
==> \(2^x = 32 + 2\)
==> \(2^x = 2^5 + 2^1\)
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felippemed wrote:
The function f is defined by f(x)=2^x-3. If f(x)=31, then the value of x is between?

A) 1 and 2
B) 2 and 3
C) 3 and 4
D) 4 and 5
E) 5 and 6


We can create the following equation:

2^x - 3 = 31

2^x = 34

Since 2^5 = 32 and 2^6 = 64, the value of x must be between 5 and 6.

Answer: E
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