# Difference between revisions of "2018 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 14"

## Problem

The solutions to the equation $\log_{3x} 4 = \log_{2x} 8$, where $x$ is a positive real number other than $\tfrac{1}{3}$ or $\tfrac{1}{2}$, can be written as $\tfrac {p}{q}$ where $p$ and $q$ are relatively prime positive integers. What is $p + q$?

$\textbf{(A) } 5 \qquad \textbf{(B) } 13 \qquad \textbf{(C) } 17 \qquad \textbf{(D) } 31 \qquad \textbf{(E) } 35$

## Solution 1

Base switch to log 2 and you have $\frac{\log_2 4}{\log_2 3x} = \frac{\log_2 8}{\log_2 2x}$ .

$\frac{2}{\log_2 3x} = \frac{3}{\log_2 2x}$

$2*\log_2 2x = 3*\log_2 3x$

Then $\log_2 (2x)^2 = \log_2 (3x)^3$. so $4x^2=27x^3$ and we have $x=\frac{4}{27}$ leading to $\boxed{\textbf{(D)}31}$ (jeremylu)

## Solution 2

If you multiply both sides by $\log_2 (3x)$

then it should come out to $\log_2 (3x)$ * $\log_{3x} (4)$ = $\log_2 {3x}$ * $\log_{2x} (8)$

that then becomes $\log_2 (4)$ * $\log_{3x} (3x)$ = $\log_2 (8)$ * $\log_{2x} (3x)$

which simplifies to $2*1 = 3\log_{2x} (3x)$

so now $\frac{2}{3}$ = $\log_{2x} (3x)$ putting in exponent form gets

$(2x)^2$ = $(3x)^3$

so $4x^2$ = $27x^3$

dividing yields $x = 4/27$ and

$4+27 =$ $\boxed{\textbf{(D)}31}$

- Pikachu13307


## Solution 3

We can convert both $4$ and $8$ into $2^2$ and $2^3$, respectively, giving:

$2\log_{3x} (2) = 3\log_{2x} (2)$

Converting the bases of the right side, we get $\log_{2x} 2 = \frac{\ln 2}{\ln (2x)}$

$\frac{2}{3}*\log_{3x} (2) = \frac{\ln 2}{\ln (2x)}$

$2^\frac{2}{3} = (3x)^\frac{\ln 2}{\ln (2x)}$

$\frac{2}{3} * \ln 2 = \frac{\ln 2}{\ln (2x)} * \ln (3x)$

Dividing both sides by $\ln 2$, we get

$\frac{2}{3} = \frac{\ln (3x)}{\ln (2x)}$

Which simplifies to

$2\ln (2x) = 3\ln (3x)$

Log expansion allows us to see that

$2\ln 2 + 2\ln (x) = 3\ln 3 + 3\ln (x)$, which then simplifies to

$\ln (x) = 2\ln 2 - 3\ln 3$

Thus,

$x = e^{2\ln 2 - 3\ln 3} = \frac{e^{2\ln 2}}{e^{3\ln 3}}$

And

$x = \frac{2^2}{3^3} = \frac{4}{27} = \boxed{\textbf{(D)}31}$

-lepetitmoulin

## See Also

 2018 AMC 12A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 13 Followed byProblem 15 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions

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