Posted by **Sar** on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 7:27pm.

I can't get the right answer, where am I going wrong?

7.0x10^9= (6.7x10^9)(2.72^r*3)

1.04 = 2.72^r*3

When I solve for this, I get ln (1.40) = 0.03922 then 0.03922 / 3 = 0.0130

So my r equals 0.0130

BUT the teacher says the answer is

0.05 = r *3

0.02 = r

What did I do wrong? I am so confused!! Help please. Show steps

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**bobpursley**, Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 8:29pm
is that 2.72^{3r} ?

then 1.0447=2.72^3r

Ln 1.0447=3r *ln 2.72

r= 1/3 (ln1.0447/ln2.72)= 0.0148574093

When you are dealing with logs, you need to keep as many digits as you can. You are correct.

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**Steve**, Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 8:29pm
1.04 = 2.7^(3r)

ln 1.04 = 3r ln 2.72

but that still does not give .05 = 3r

Typo in problem?

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**Sar**, Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 8:34pm
No. The math he did was handwritten. I guess he must have made a mistake because this is driving me nuts. Everything listed in my post is CORRECTLY copied from the piece of paper I got it on.

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**Sar**, Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 8:36pm
Bob, thank you. I thought I was going insane there for a minute. I guess the professor made a mistake. We are all human (but it drives me crazy when I'm trying to study haha)

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