# Difference between revisions of "1982 AHSME Problems/Problem 17"

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Let <math>a = 3^x</math>. Then the preceding equation can be expressed as the quadratic, <cmath>9a^2-28a+3 = 0</cmath> Solving the quadratic yields the roots <math>3</math> and <math>1/9</math>. Setting these equal to <math>3^x</math>, we can immediately see that there are <math>\boxed{2}</math> real values of <math>x</math> that satisfy the equation. | Let <math>a = 3^x</math>. Then the preceding equation can be expressed as the quadratic, <cmath>9a^2-28a+3 = 0</cmath> Solving the quadratic yields the roots <math>3</math> and <math>1/9</math>. Setting these equal to <math>3^x</math>, we can immediately see that there are <math>\boxed{2}</math> real values of <math>x</math> that satisfy the equation. |

## Revision as of 11:39, 9 June 2016

## Solution

Let . Then the preceding equation can be expressed as the quadratic, Solving the quadratic yields the roots and . Setting these equal to , we can immediately see that there are real values of that satisfy the equation.