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First, we get rid of logs by taking powers: <math>xyz-3+\log_5 x=2^{5}=32</math>, <math>xyz-3+\log_5 y=3^{4}=81</math>, and <math>(xyz-3+\log_5 z)=4^{4}=256</math>. Adding all the equations up and using the <math>\log {xy}=\log {x}+\log{y}</math> property, we have <math>3xyz+\log_5{xyz} = 378</math>, so we have <math>xyz=125</math>. Solving for <math>x,y,z</math> by substituting <math>125</math> for <math>xyz</math> in each equation, we get <math>\log_5 x=-90, \log_5 y=-41, \log_5 z=134</math>, so adding all the absolute values we have <math>90+41+134=\boxed{265}</math>.
 
First, we get rid of logs by taking powers: <math>xyz-3+\log_5 x=2^{5}=32</math>, <math>xyz-3+\log_5 y=3^{4}=81</math>, and <math>(xyz-3+\log_5 z)=4^{4}=256</math>. Adding all the equations up and using the <math>\log {xy}=\log {x}+\log{y}</math> property, we have <math>3xyz+\log_5{xyz} = 378</math>, so we have <math>xyz=125</math>. Solving for <math>x,y,z</math> by substituting <math>125</math> for <math>xyz</math> in each equation, we get <math>\log_5 x=-90, \log_5 y=-41, \log_5 z=134</math>, so adding all the absolute values we have <math>90+41+134=\boxed{265}</math>.
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Note: <math>xyz=125</math> because we know <math>xyz</math> has to be a power of <math>5</math>, and so it is not hard to test values in the equation <math>3xyz+\log_5{xyz} = 378</math> in order to achieve desired value for <math>xyz</math>.
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
 
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Latest revision as of 12:40, 15 March 2021

Problem

Let $x,y,$ and $z$ be real numbers satisfying the system $\log_2(xyz-3+\log_5 x)=5$, $\log_3(xyz-3+\log_5 y)=4$, $\log_4(xyz-3+\log_5 z)=4$, Find the value of $|\log_5 x|+|\log_5 y|+|\log_5 z|$.

Solution

First, we get rid of logs by taking powers: $xyz-3+\log_5 x=2^{5}=32$, $xyz-3+\log_5 y=3^{4}=81$, and $(xyz-3+\log_5 z)=4^{4}=256$. Adding all the equations up and using the $\log {xy}=\log {x}+\log{y}$ property, we have $3xyz+\log_5{xyz} = 378$, so we have $xyz=125$. Solving for $x,y,z$ by substituting $125$ for $xyz$ in each equation, we get $\log_5 x=-90, \log_5 y=-41, \log_5 z=134$, so adding all the absolute values we have $90+41+134=\boxed{265}$.

Note: $xyz=125$ because we know $xyz$ has to be a power of $5$, and so it is not hard to test values in the equation $3xyz+\log_5{xyz} = 378$ in order to achieve desired value for $xyz$.

See also

2016 AIME II (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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