Interesting fact about algebra is it has both variables and numerals in simple words it is a combination of alphabets and numbers, and these are employed in mathematic equations.

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## Equations and Exponents

Variables raised to power are found in equations involving exponents. To assist you in solving these kinds of equations, consider the following procedures and examples:

**Remove the Exponential Term:**If any terms in the equation don't have an exponent, shift them to the opposite side.**Rewrite the equation:**To handle the exponent use logarithms if needed.**Solve for the Variable:**Once the exponential term is isolated, solve for the variable.

Example 1: Basic Exponential Equation

If base numbers are equal, then their powers must be equal

2𝑥 = 16

2𝑥 = 24

𝑋 = 4

Example 2:

42𝑥+1 = 64

42𝑥+1 = 43

2𝑥+1 = 3

2𝑥 = 3−1

2𝑥 = 2

𝑥= 22=1

∴ 𝑥 = 1

### Simplifying Rational Equations

Rational equations involve fractions with polynomials in the numerator and denominator. Here are steps to simplify and solve them:

**Find a Common Denominator:**To combine fractions, find the least common denominator (LCD).**Clear the Fractions:**Multiply both sides of the equation by the LCD to eliminate the denominators.**Simplify and Solve:**Simplify the resulting equation and solve for the variable.

Example: Simplifying a Rational Equation

Let's take equation 𝑥𝑥+2+3𝑥−2=2𝑥+5𝑥2−4

- Factor the denominator on the right side 𝑥2−4=(𝑥+2) (𝑥−2)
- The common denominator is (𝑥+2) (𝑥−2)
- Multiply every term by the common denominator

𝑥(𝑥−2)+ 3(𝑥+2)= (2𝑥+5)

= 𝑥2−2𝑥+3𝑥+6 = 2𝑥+5

=𝑥2+𝑥+6 = 2𝑥+5

- Move all terms to one side of the equation

𝑥2−𝑥+1 = 0

- Solve the quadratic equation using the quadratic formula

𝑥=−𝑏±√𝑏2−4𝑎𝑐2𝑎

For a=1, b=−1, and c=1

𝑥=−1±√1−42

𝑥=−1±√32

𝑥=1±𝑖√32

∴ 𝑥=1+𝑖√32 (𝑜𝑟) 𝑥=1−𝑖√32

Simplifying rational equations and understanding equations with exponents will improve mathematical understanding along with enhanced problem-solving skills.

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### FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1: How do I handle exponents with different bases?

Ans: There are two ways to do this. Either rewrite the numbers with the same base or use logarithms to solve the equation.

Q2: What if the equation involves negative exponents?

Ans: Negative exponents can be converted to positive by taking the reciprocal.

Q3: How do I simplify a complex rational equation?

Ans: Factor all polynomials in the numerator and denominator, find the LCD, and multiply through to clear the fractions. Simplify the resulting equation.

Q4: What is the best way to solve a quadratic equation?

Ans: Use factoring to complete the square or the quadratic formula. The method depends on the specific form of the quadratic equation.

Q5: Can exponential equations have no solutions?

Ans: Yes, exponential equations can have no solutions, especially if the base is positive and the equation is set equal to a negative number.

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