Questions about exponentiation, the operation of raising a base $b$ to an exponent $a$ to give $b^a$.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

-1
votes
1answer
64 views

What is the value of i^i? [duplicate]

i is an imaginary number. What is $i^i$? I tried to use euler rule but the answer is strange. For example $i = e^{\frac{1}{2}i\pi}$. Using $(a^b)^c = a^{b*c}$ we got $i^i=e^{(\frac{1}{2}i\pi)*i} ...
1
vote
1answer
39 views

What are the rules of powers of powers? [duplicate]

What would $2^{3^4}$ equate to? I can think of two rules that may apply: $a^{b^c} = a^{(b^c)}$ (Making $2^{3^4} = 2^{81}\approx2.417\cdot10^{24}$) or $a^{b^c} = (a^b)^c = a^{bc}$ (Making $2^{3^4} = ...
2
votes
1answer
27 views

How to determine efficiently if the arithmetic addition and subtraction of certain powers of N can be equal to M?

I am given a number N and another number M . I have to find out if arithmetic addition and subtraction of certain distinct powers of N can lead to formation of number M . I tried different approaches ...
8
votes
5answers
425 views

How to solve this equation for $x$?$\left(\sqrt{2-\sqrt{3}}\right)^x + \left(\sqrt{2+\sqrt{3}}\right)^x = 2$

This is probably such a beginner question (and it's not homework). I've stumbled upon this: $$\left(\sqrt{2-\sqrt{3}}\right)^x + \left(\sqrt{2+\sqrt{3}}\right)^x = 2$$ How to solve this equation for ...
1
vote
5answers
80 views

Comparing two large numbers

Can you compare two large exponential numbers, like $5^{44}$ and $4^{53}$ without taking their logs?
1
vote
2answers
36 views

Combinatorial proof for summation of powers of two

I apologise if this has been posted before, but I've been poring over this problem for days now and just can't seem to get it. I'm looking for a combinatorial proof for: $2^n - 1 = 2^0 + 2^1 + 2^2 + ...
7
votes
2answers
193 views

How to find out the greater number from $15^{1/20}$ and $20^{1/15}$?

I have two numbers $15^{\frac{1}{20}}$ & $20^{\frac{1}{15}}$. How to find out the greater number out of above two? I am in 12th grade. Thanks for help!
1
vote
2answers
238 views

How is N^2/3 equivalent to 1/(N^1/3)?

I've tried to look for similar things on StackExchange and elsewhere on the net, but can't seem to find anything, so thought I'd just ask for some help on here... Someone has kindly helped me with a ...
1
vote
2answers
44 views

Converting a cryptographic hash to a string of English words: how many words are needed? (need help with exponentials)

A particular cryptographic hash is represented as a $57$ byte string, encoded as base $64$. RWSvUZXnw9gUb70PdeSNnpSmodCyIPJEGN1wWr+6Time1eP7KiWJ5eAM I want to ...
3
votes
0answers
38 views

Mapping exponential functions in polar coordinates

I tried mapping power functions onto the polar plane (i.e. converting x,y into r and $\theta$). I was successful with power functions representing $y=ax^n$ by $$r=\sqrt[n-1]{\frac ...
-1
votes
3answers
82 views

$x^x = y$. Given $y$, find $x$. [duplicate]

Title is fairly self-explanatory. For example, for $y=27$, $x$ would be $3$. Specifically I was trying to find $x$ given $y = 10^{100}$, but I'd like to know how to solve it for any value of $y$.
6
votes
4answers
133 views

When does $(x^x)^x=x^{(x^x)}$ in Real numbers?

I have tried to solve this equation:$(x^x)^x=x^{(x^x)}$ in real numbers I got only $x=1,x=-1,x=2$ , are there others solutions ? Note: $x$ is real number . Thank you for your help .
-1
votes
2answers
47 views

If $a^{p}\cdot b^{p}= (a\cdot b)^{p}$ then why $-1^{2}\cdot 3^{2}\neq (-1\cdot 3)^{2}$

If $a^{p}\cdot b^{p}= (a\cdot b)^{p}$ then why $$-1^{2}\cdot 3^{2}\neq (-1\cdot 3)^{2}\\ -1\cdot 9\neq (-3)^{2}\\ -9\neq 9$$ I'm sorry, I don't know how to put latex code.
1
vote
1answer
23 views

Is there a way to find expansion of powers of multinomials without any coefficients?

For example, $(a + b + c)^3 = a^3 + b^3 + c^3 + 3ab^2 + 3ac^2 + 3a^2b + 3a^2c + 3bc^2 + 3b^2c + 6abc$ Knowing the value of a, b and c, is there a way to find this without the coefficients i.e. $a^3 + ...
0
votes
3answers
72 views

Why does $e^{\frac10}\neq e^{\frac1{-0}}$?

I was unable to explain why this fails? I asked to it many peers and they too can't. I faced this situation when solving a kind of integration problem. Consider $x=-x$ Then $x=0$ That is, $0=-0$ ...
3
votes
3answers
156 views

Why is $\lim\limits_{x\to\infty} e^{\ln(y)} = e^{\,\lim\limits_{x\to\infty} \ln(y)}$?

In the above limit $y = x ^{\frac 1x}$. Is the above a limit or an exponent property? Thanks in advance. Context (Last paragraph): http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/Classes/CalcI/LHospitalsRule.aspx
1
vote
1answer
27 views

What does it mean to take the power of a transition matrix? Or multiply it by a vector?

I understand the general idea that a matrix $M$ has some cell $M_{ij}$ that denotes the number of ways we can go from state $i$ to state $j$, but what does $(M^t)_{ij}$ represent? The number of ways ...
3
votes
3answers
63 views

Matrix multiplication: What is $\mathbf A^3$ and $\mathbf A^n$?

Suppose there is matrix A. I know that A2 = A $\cdot $A But what if it is A3? Is it A $\cdot $A $\cdot$A OR A2 $\cdot$ A OR A $\cdot$ A2? So basically my question is what is An?
1
vote
4answers
91 views

Modular arithmetic , calculate $54^{2013}\pmod{280}$.

How do you calculate: $54^{2013}\pmod{280}$? I'm stuck because $\gcd(54,280)$ is not $1$. Thanks.
0
votes
2answers
36 views

Maclaurin Series of $\ln(2-e^{-x}) $

I tried to solve this by using the series for $e^{-x}$ and $\ln(1+u)$ $$e^{-x}=1-x+\frac{x^2}{2}-\frac{x^3}{6}+...\\ ...
-2
votes
3answers
57 views

Inequality with the variable in both the base and the exponent. [duplicate]

I realised that what I took as terseness of my question, actually made it look like a lazy attempt to get a homework answer. The following is the edited question, hopefully up to the standards of this ...
8
votes
8answers
1k views

Compare two powers of numbers without common divisor

Which of the numbers $2^{60}$ and $3^{43}$ is greater? There is no common divisor and it must be done without a calculator.
1
vote
0answers
19 views

Maclaurin Series of $\frac{2x}{e^{2x}-1}$ [duplicate]

Calculate the Maclaurin series of $$\frac{2x}{e^{2x}-1} $$ I've tried to calculate it but the series $\frac{1}{e^{2x}-1}$ divides by 0 when x is equal to 0
6
votes
2answers
96 views

Solutions to $(4x^2+\frac{16}3x)^{\sqrt {3-x}}=(4x^2+\frac{16}3x)^{\sqrt {2x+11}-\sqrt{x+2}}$

$$(4x^2+\frac{16}3x)^{\sqrt {3-x}}=(4x^2+\frac{16}3x)^{\sqrt {2x+11}-\sqrt{x+2}}$$ I found the solutions to be $0, -\frac32, -1, -\frac43$ I can't figure out why any of those wouldn't work, but my ...
2
votes
1answer
47 views

How do we derive the sum of $3^n$ and $2^n$

I know that $\quad\sum2^n = 2 (2^n-1)$ How can we derive this summation? And also how can we deduce the summation of $3^n$ from this ? I did observe this pattern : $$ \begin{align} n &= 1 ;\ ...
6
votes
1answer
126 views

Solution to the functional equation $f(x^y)=f(x)^{f(y)}$

Consider the functional equation problem $$ f: \Bbb{R} \rightarrow \Bbb{R}$$ $$ f(a^b) = f(a)^{f(b)},$$ when $a,b \in \Bbb{R}, a,b \ge 0.$ So far the only solution I have is the trivial $$ f(x) ...
0
votes
1answer
16 views

Values of $a$ for which the equation $100^{-\lvert x \rvert} - x^2 = a^2$ has the maximum amount of solutions

$100^{-\lvert x \rvert} - x^2 = a^2$ I don't know how to approach this problem, due to the x in the exponent. I would appreciate hints more than outright solutions :)
11
votes
4answers
754 views

why is $2.2250738585072014\text{e}{-308}$ not a number? [closed]

In programming the min value of a float is: $$2.2250738585072014\text{e}{-308}$$ but when I type this into a calculator, it says Not a Number. what I am wondering ...
0
votes
0answers
23 views

Demonstration of exponentiation with induction

How can you demonstrate that $a^0 = 1$ and that $a^{-n} = (1/a)^n$ using the principle of mathematical induction?
0
votes
2answers
26 views

exponent problem solving

I came across a problem; $a^x=b^y=c^z$ and $b^2=ac$. It is required to show $\frac{1}{x}+\frac{1}{z}=\frac{2}{y}$. I have tried the following steps- \begin{equation*} b^2=ac \\ b=\sqrt{ac} \\ ...
1
vote
1answer
50 views

Can we write “fractional root” symbol in math?

Fractional exponents are legit but I have never seen fractional roots, so I just wonder if we can write fractional roots such as this: It sometimes can be convenient to think about too.
3
votes
1answer
68 views

Evaluate the limit $\lim_{n\to\infty} \frac{3^n}{2^n+3^n} $

It seems reasonable to assume that $$\lim_{n\to\infty} \frac{3^n}{2^n+3^n} $$ goes to zero but I can't figure out how to prove it.
6
votes
1answer
142 views

$1989|n^{n^{n^{n}}} - n^{n^{n}}$ for integer $n \ge 3$

Before anyone comments, yes this is kind of a duplicate of Prove that $1989|n^{n^{n^{n}}} - n^{n^{n}}$ . The problem that I'm having I don't see the $n=5$ as a counterexample. Also if anyone wants to ...
1
vote
1answer
40 views

How to solve for x in $2^{2x^2}+2^{x^2 + 2x + 2} =2^{5+4x}$

This is the question: $$\large{2^{2x^2}+2^{x^2 + 2x + 2} =2^{5+4x}}$$ What I did was put $~\large{2^{x^{2}}=t}$ From this, I got, roots of the quadratic: $$\large{-2^{x+1}\pm~\left( ...
0
votes
2answers
33 views

Continued addition and under rooting of 12

$\sqrt{(12 + \sqrt{12......})}$ and so on.... How do I find its answer? This is a question in our class VII mats book. P.S. - Answer is 4
0
votes
2answers
51 views

Square Root of $320$

Given, $$\sqrt{5} = 2.236$$ $$\sqrt{320} = 2^3 \times \sqrt{5} = 8 \times 2.236 = 17.888$$ This is the explanation provided in my school book. Could someone please elaborate ? Thanks in ...
0
votes
4answers
40 views

Why is 'something per hectare' denoted with a negative exponent ( $ha^{-1}$)?

Quick question.... why is it that something per hectare is shown as having a negative exponent, $ha^{-1}$? For example, on this page: http://www.ipcc.ch/ipccreports/sres/land_use/index.php?idp=12 1 ...
0
votes
3answers
56 views

Formula for exponents?

Is there a formula for exponents that works with both negative and positive powers? I have tried searching online but only found: If positive do this, if negative do this. Thanks. EDIT: Ah, I see ...
1
vote
1answer
45 views

Finding a base given an exponent

In math, the logarithm of a number $n$ in base 10, finds the exponent where 10 has to be raised to, to produce $n$ again. So if $Log_{10}(n) = p$ then $10^p = n$. What I'm looking for is essentially ...
5
votes
4answers
75 views

Show $x^n \geq x_1^n+x_2^n+\ldots+x_k^n \Bigg\vert x_1+x_2+\ldots+x_k = x, x \geq 0, n \geq 1, k\in\mathbb{Z}$

Hello StackExchange Community, This is my first post on the forum. Please forgive me for any errors with formatting and my expressions. I am working on the following proof: Show $$x^n \geq ...
3
votes
1answer
52 views

What's the name for this mathematical device used by programmers?

So a friend is trying to figure out what this is called so we can read more about it. The concept is/was used by database designers, who needed a compact way to store a list of selected options as a ...
4
votes
1answer
26 views

Several values of irrational exponentiation

When talking about a number to a rational exponent, there are as many answers as the denominator of the exponent. Like the question: Is $9^{1/2}$ equal to $3$ or $-3$. However when we have an ...
1
vote
0answers
40 views

A simple question on the matrix exponential

Probably a trivial question. Given two random matrices $A, B$ such that $\left\langle \left[A,B\right]\right\rangle =0$, namely only the (element-wise) mean of the commutator is zero, can I say that ...
43
votes
11answers
7k views

What exactly IS a square root?

It's come to my attention that I don't actually understand what a square root really is (the operation). The only way I know of to take square roots (or nth root, for that matter) it to know the ...
4
votes
4answers
110 views

Prove that $a^x$ is continuous

I'm having trouble with proving the following: Let $a > 0$ be a positive real number. Show that the function $f : \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ defined by $f(x) := a^x$ is continuous. I'm a ...
1
vote
3answers
83 views

Solve for $n$ in $2^n=8$

So, I was wondering if it is possible to solve for $n$ in $2^n=8$ (or any other question where $n$ is a power) using $9^{th}$ grade math. Please excuse my naïveté if this is extremely stupid/simple. ...
5
votes
4answers
700 views

Number raised to power of irrational number

What is the consequence of raising a number to the power of irrational number? Ex: $2^\pi , 5^\sqrt2$ Does this mathematically makes sense? (Are there any problems in physics world where we ...
0
votes
1answer
99 views

Inverse of $f(x) = a \left(1 + \frac{c}{(1+x^b)^{-\frac{1}{b}} - c}\right) \cdot (1+x^{-b})^\frac{1}{b}$?

How can one find the inverse of $$ f(x) = \mathrm{a} \left(1 + \frac{\mathrm{c}}{(1+x^\mathrm{b})^{-\frac{1}{\mathrm{b}}} - \mathrm{c}}\right) \cdot (1+x^{-\mathrm{b}})^\frac{1}{\mathrm{b}} $$ with ...
3
votes
4answers
232 views

Solve this logarithmic equation: $2^{2-\ln x}+2^{2+\ln x}=8$

Solve this logarithmic equation: $2^{2-\ln x}+2^{2+\ln x}=8$. I thought to write $$\dfrac{2^2}{2^{\ln(x)}} + 2^2 \cdot 2^{\ln(x)} = 2^3 \implies \dfrac{2^2 + 2^2 \cdot ...
0
votes
0answers
32 views

Is locally lipschitz the power function?

Definition:(Hale,1980) A function $f(x)$ defined in a domain $D$ in $R^{n}$ is said to be locally Lipschitzian in $x$ if for any closed bounded set $U$ in $D$ there is a $k=k_{U}$ such that ...