# 2020 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 13

## Problem

Which of the following is the value of $\sqrt{\log_2{6}+\log_3{6}}?$ $\textbf{(A) } 1 \qquad\textbf{(B) } \sqrt{\log_5{6}} \qquad\textbf{(C) } 2 \qquad\textbf{(D) } \sqrt{\log_2{3}}+\sqrt{\log_3{2}} \qquad\textbf{(E) } \sqrt{\log_2{6}}+\sqrt{\log_3{6}}$

## Solution 1 (Logic)

Using the knowledge of the powers of $2$ and $3,$ we know that $\log_2{6}>2.5$ and $\log_3{6}>1.5.$ Therefore, $$\sqrt{\log_2{6}+\log_3{6}}>\sqrt{2.5+1.5}=2.$$ Only choices $\textbf{(D)}$ and $\textbf{(E)}$ are greater than $2,$ but $\textbf{(E)}$ is certainly incorrect--if we compare the squares of the original expression and $\textbf{(E)},$ then they are clearly not equal. So, the answer is $\boxed{\textbf{(D) } \sqrt{\log_2{3}}+\sqrt{\log_3{2}}}.$

Collaborators

~Baolan

~chrisdiamond10

~MRENTHUSIASM (reformatted and merged the thoughts of all contributors)

## Solution 2 $\sqrt{\log_2{6}+\log_3{6}} = \sqrt{\log_2{2}+\log_2{3}+\log_3{2}+\log_3{3}}=\sqrt{2+\log_2{3}+\log_3{2}}$. If we call $\log_2{3} = x$, then we have $\sqrt{2+x+\frac{1}{x}}=\sqrt{x}+\frac{1}{\sqrt{x}}=\sqrt{\log_2{3}}+\frac{1}{\sqrt{\log_2{3}}}=\sqrt{\log_2{3}}+\sqrt{\log_3{2}}$. So our answer is $\boxed{\textbf{(D)}}$.

~JHawk0224

## Solution 3 $$\sqrt{\log_2{6}+\log_3{6}} = \sqrt{\frac{\log{6}}{\log{2}} + \frac{\log{6}}{\log{3}}} = \sqrt{\frac{\log{6}\cdot\log{3} + \log{6}\cdot\log{2}}{\log{3}\cdot\log{2}}} = \sqrt{\frac{\log{6}(\log 2 + \log 3)}{\log 2\cdot \log 3}}.$$ From here, $$\sqrt{\frac{\log{6}(\log 2 + \log 3)}{\log 2\cdot \log 3}} = \sqrt{\frac{(\log 2 + \log 3)(\log 2 + \log 3)}{\log 2\cdot \log 3}} = \sqrt{\frac{(\log 2)^2 + 2\cdot\log2\cdot\log3 + (\log3)^2}{\log 2\cdot\log 3}}.$$ Finally, $$\sqrt{\frac{(\log 2)^2 + 2\cdot\log2\cdot\log3 + (\log3)^2}{\log 2\cdot\log 3}} = \sqrt{\frac{(\log2 + \log3)^2}{\log 2\cdot\log 3}} = \frac{\log 2}{\sqrt{\log 2\cdot\log 3}} + \frac{\log 3}{\sqrt{\log 2\cdot\log 3}} = \sqrt{\frac{\log 2}{\log 3}} + \sqrt{\frac{\log 3}{\log 2}} = \sqrt{\log_3 2} + \sqrt{\log_2 3}.$$ Answer: $\boxed{\textbf{(D) } \sqrt{\log_2{3}} + \sqrt{\log_3{2}}}$ ~ TheBeast5520

Note that in this solution, even the most minor steps have been written out. In the actual test, this solution would be quite fast, and much of it could easily be done in your head.

~IceMatrix

~ pi_is_3.14

## Video Solution (Meta-Solving Technique)

~ pi_is_3.14

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