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# Which of the following best approximates the value of q if

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28 Aug 2008, 16:28
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Which of the following best approximates the value of q if 5^28+3^11=5^q ?

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28 Aug 2008, 16:51
bigtreezl wrote:
Which of the following best approximates the value of q if 5^28+3^11=5^q ?

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Notice that 5^28+5^28+5^28+5^28+5^28 = 5*5^28 = 5^29

So 5^28 + 3^11 is much smaller than 5^29, but is clearly larger than 5^28, so q is closest to 28.
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28 Aug 2008, 16:57
gotcha, makes more sense when you put it like that

OA is 28

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28 Aug 2008, 19:15
good problem ... +1 IAN...

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31 Aug 2008, 03:21
Which of the following best approximates the value of q if 5^28+3^11=5^q ?

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5^28+3^11=5^q
= (4+1)^28 + (4-1)^11 = (4+1)^q use this also approximation

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