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We can rewrite <math>5^{12}</math> as <math>(5^{\frac{3}{2}})^8=(\sqrt{125})^8)</math>. | We can rewrite <math>5^{12}</math> as <math>(5^{\frac{3}{2}})^8=(\sqrt{125})^8)</math>. | ||
We take the eighth root of all of these to get <math>{10, 8, \sqrt{125}}</math>. | We take the eighth root of all of these to get <math>{10, 8, \sqrt{125}}</math>. | ||
− | Obviously, <math>8<10<\sqrt{125}</math>, so the answer is <math>\ | + | Obviously, <math>8<10<\sqrt{125}</math>, so the answer is <math>\textzf{(A)}\ 2^{24}<10^8<5^{12}</math>. |
Solution by coolak | Solution by coolak | ||
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Problem
What is the correct ordering of the three numbers, , , and ?
Solution 1
Use brute force. , , and . Therefore, is the answer. (Not recommended for this contest)
Solution 2
Since all of the exponents are multiples of four, we can simplify the problem by taking the fourth root of each number. Evaluating we get , , and . Since , it follows that is the correct answer.
Solution 3
First, let us make all exponents equal to 8. Then, it will be easy to order the numbers without doing any computations. is fine as is. We can rewrite as . We can rewrite as . We take the eighth root of all of these to get . Obviously, , so the answer is $\textzf{(A)}\ 2^{24}<10^8<5^{12}$ (Error compiling LaTeX. ! Undefined control sequence.). Solution by coolak
See Also
2010 AMC 8 (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
Preceded by Problem 23 |
Followed by Problem 25 | |
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