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 Post subject: Example problem on p. 13, Algebra bookPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:32 pm

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If (5-x)^4=81, then x=2 or 8

How would you work this problem out? Since 81=3^4, would you then solve for -(5-x) and (5-x) to arrive at x=2 and x=8?

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 Post subject: Re: Example problem on p. 13, Algebra bookPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:55 pm

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(5-x)^4 = 81

3^4 = 81

and

(-3)^4 = 81

so 5 -x = 3; x = 2

or

5 - x = - 3; x = 8

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