Solve for t? 50x2^0.4t=400x4^-0.1t

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violy | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Divide both sides by 50.
2^(0.4t) = 8*4^-0.1t


We know that 4 = 2^2. so, we will have: 2^(0.4t) = 8*2^(-0.2t).
Multiply both sides by 2^(0.2t).
2^(0.6t) = 8

Take the ln of both sides.

ln(2^(0.6t)) = ln8

0.06t(ln2) = ln8

Isolating the t on left side, we will have:

t = ln8/(0.06ln2) = 5.278031643

So, t = 5.

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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This can also be solved using the rules of exponents (indices):

Divide both sides by 50.
2^(0.4t) = 8*4^-0.1t

`2^(0.4t) = 8times 4^(- 0.1t)`

Reduce everything to the same base:

`2^(0.4t)= 2^3 times 2^2^(- 0.1t)`

Apply the laws of exponents (indices) as we have like bases so we ADD the exponents and the bases fall away effectively:

`0.4t=3+2(- 0.1t)`


`0.4t=3- 0.2t`

Bring your like terms (t) to the same side:

`0.4t` `+0.2t = 3`





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