Posted by Alicia on .
Determine the exact value of x.
a. 3^2x = 5(3^x) +36
b. (1/8)^x3 = 2x16^2x+1
c. 3^x2 + 20 = (1/27)^3X

MATH 
Reiny,
a) let 3^x = y
so you have y^2  5y  36=0
(y9)(y+4) = 0
y = 9 or y = 4
3^x = 9
3^x = 3^2
x = 2
or 3^x = 4 , not possible
b) the trick here is to see that all bases are powers of 2
1/8 = 2^3
16 = 2^4
so (1/8)^(x3) = 2x16^(2x+1)
(2^3)^(x3) = 2(2^4)^(2x+1)
2^(3x+9) = 2(2)^(8x+4)
2^(3x+9) = 2^(8x+5)
then
3x+9 = 8x+5
you can finish it ...
c) I see no easy way to do this one.
Why is the a capital X ? 
MATH 
Alicia,
Thank you for the help,
I'm really stuck on c. The x was made capital by mistake, it's actually supposed to be lower case. 
MATH 
Alicia,
The equation is actually 3^x^2 + 20 = (1/27)^3x