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

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Trying to show that $\sup \{b^p:p\in Q,\;0<p<x\} = \inf\{b^q:q\in Q,\;x<q\}$

I'm trying to show that for $b>1$, $x>0$ and $x$ irrational, that $$\sup \{b^p:p\in Q,\;0<p<x\} = \inf\{b^q:q\in Q,\;x<q\}$$ I know this follows immediately if we define ...
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Exponentiation - I can do this?

Euler showed that: $$ e^{i\pi} + 1 = 0 $$ So I thought: $$ b \in \mathbb R,i = \sqrt{-1} \\ n^{bi} = e^{bi\ln n}\\ b = 2k\pi\\ e^{bi\ln n} = e^{2k\pi i\ln n} = (e^{i\pi})^{2k\ln n} = ((-1)^2)^{k\ln ...
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Why is $\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)^{x} = \frac{1}{7}$ the same as saying: $(2)^{x} = 7$

Why is $\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)^{x} = \frac{1}{7}$ the same as saying: $(2)^{x} = 7$ Sorry for the really dumb question but I'd like to see the process of how this is achieved.
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When is $0^0 = 1$ inconvenient? I heard sometimes $0^0 = 0$ may help.

Don't get me wrong: my question is NOT claiming $0^0 = 1$. I understand it's indeterminate. Many articles show that defining $0^0 = 1$ is (just) convenient and I completely agree. However, I've heard ...
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Existance of a nonempty subset $X$ of $\mathbb{Z}$: $\forall x \in X, k \in \mathbb{N}, \exists ! y \in X$ satisfying $\mid x-y \mid 2^k$

Define the set $A = \{2^k \mid k \in \mathbb{Z}_+\}$ Does there exist a nonempty subset $X$ of $\mathbb{Z}$ satisfying the following condition: For all $a \in A$ and $x \in X$, there exists a unique ...
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finding the second smallest number [closed]

Please tell me how to solve this kind of problem in a fast manner. Which of the following is the second smallest number: $2^{120}$, $3^{80}$ and $10^{30}$? Hope you could show me the best solution, ...
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Which general physical transformation to the number space does exponentiation represent?

Addition and multiplication may be defined in two ways, one specific and one general: Addition specific: addition is repeated incrementation. This is specific and sub-optimal as while $2 + 4$ is ...
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The value of the cubic root of $-i$

So this was the question given to us. $\left(\iota=\sqrt{-1}\right)$ Value(s) of $\left(-\iota\right)^{\dfrac{1}{3}}$ are (A) $\dfrac{\sqrt{3}-\iota}{2}$ (B) $\dfrac{\sqrt{3}+\iota}{2}$ ...
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If $a^{(b^c)}=d^c$, find $d$ in terms of $a$ and $b$.

Is it possible to express $d$ in terms of $a$ and $b$ only in the following equation? $$a^{b^c}=a^{(b^c)}=d^c$$ I want something like $d=\dots$ Thanks in advance!
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Exponential Factorial vs Tetration

I'm wondering whether there's a known way to compare the exponential factorial of n versus the tetration of a fixed number $($ e.g., $3$, since it appears in Graham's number $)$ with the same number ...
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Solving an Equation Involving Modular Exponation

Is it possible to solve the following equation? $$ 3^k\mod k \equiv 24 $$ Clearly $k>24$; does a solution definitely exist, and can it be found in any simple way? I can certainly calculate ...
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Find real constants $c$ and $k$ such that $y=cx^k$ passes through point $(a, b)$ with slope $m$

In the Cartesian plane, can a power function of the form $y=cx^k$ (where $c>0$ and $k>1$, not necessarily an integer) be found such that its graph passes through any arbitrary point $(a, b)$ ...
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Negative exponents on a quantity in scientific notation considering significant figures

Are there rules that apply to negative exponents with regard to scientific notation? The specific problem is: $$\left(6.3\times10^{2}\right)^{-6}$$ I believe the following is correct: ...
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Convert $3^n$ to some form of $2^n$

I am not from Maths field, but I need your help to convert the $3^n$ form to $2^n$. I need to change the base from $3$ to $2$. The resultant expression can be of any form.
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Why is $\gcd(2^p + 1,3^p + 1) = 1$?

Let $p$ be an odd prime. Why is $\gcd(2^p + 1,3^p + 1) = 1$ ? I tried using fermat's little and $\gcd(a+b,a) = gcd(a,b)$ but without succes. I can make a statistical argument that suggests there are ...
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Number of integer triples to exponential equation

I'm taking a class on number theory and this is one of the problems my professor gave. How many ordered integer triples $(x,y,z)$ are there such that $x^y-y^x=2017\times z$, where $x,y$ are less than ...
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Find the number of times we can take log base two of this exponent

I'm not sure how to simplify this type of exponential expression. I would like to know $k$ many $log_{2}^{k}(n)$ such that $n \leq 1$ $$n = (2^{2^{2^{15}}})^2$$ So attempt I to simplify $$n = ...
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Generalized Complex Exponentiation

Is there a way to create a general formula for exponentiating two complex numbers like there is for addition and multiplication? Ex: $(a + bi) + (c + di) = (a + c) + (b + d)i $ $(a + bi) * (c + di) ...
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Simplifying algebraic fraction, exponents

Would someone be able to tell me how $$\bigg( \frac{5}{a^4} \bigg)^{-3}$$ gets simplified to $$\frac{a^{12}}{125}?$$ Thank you!
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How to simplify algebraic expression with exponents?

Can someone please tell me step-by-step how to simply this? $$\sqrt{\frac{8x^{{\frac{1}{2}}^{\frac{2}{3}}}}{x^{-\frac{1}{2}}}}$$ Edit: correct answer is 2x^(5/12), I'm just not sure how to do it. ...
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How do you prove that for all real numbers c, there always exists a value n, in which $4^n > c3^n$?

What we have so far, its $\frac{4^n}{ 3^n} > c,$ such that $\left(\frac{4}{3}\right) ^ n > c.$ From that I know that it is true, but I don't really know how to prove it formally.
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I am not sure, but it's an equation…

$$2x + 2^x = 4$$ So it's clear that $x$ will equal $1$ but how can it be solved through an algebraic method to be able to determine $x$ with more complex numbers. I've tried to transform the exponent ...
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How to find the value of this expression?

I just saw this question in one exam. Please help me solve it. I am not able to find any clue on where to begin. (ignore that tick it might be wrong)
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How can you write “10 to the power of X” ($10^X$) if you can only use standard text?

Basically the title says it all: You have to fill in a form which only allows standard text in ASCII characters - how would you write $10^X$ then? It should be universally understandable and not be ...
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Fundamental matrix with nilpotent power

Given that a square $n\times n$ matrix $\bf{A}$ has only one eigenvalue $r$ with multiplicity $n$, we have by Cayley-Hamilton Theorem that $(\bf{A}$$-r$$\bf{I})^n$=$\bf{0}$. We can then express ...
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What number/function/thing to the power n gives n itself

Is there a number/function/thing if put to the power n gives n? I know that there is log to the base 2 of 2n gives n. which is log2(2n)=n But i am asking for (thing)n=n. In fact i want an x=thing that ...
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Sum of series: $1^1 + 2^2 + 3^3 + … + n^n$

Searched every where on web but I couldn't find out the formula for this series. That's why I am asking here. I tried following following formula: $((n*(n+1))/2)^n$
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x raised to the power of x raised to the power of logarithm base 3 x

Have a question that has me a little stumped. I know that this equation:$$x^\left(log_3x + x^\left(log_3x\right)\right) \neq 162$$ Simplifies to: $$x^\left(log_3x\right) \neq 81$$ My question is how ...
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matrix exponential property

Take $\alpha\in\mathrm{C}$ and $A$ a complex matrix. Is is true that : $$\exp(\alpha A) = (\exp{A})^\alpha$$ My intuition tells me that this is true. But I can't prove it and I can't find this ...
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Infinite tetration convergence

I came across infinite tetrations on wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetration) it says that the infinite tetration converges if and only if $\ e^{-e} \leq x \leq e^{1/e}$. I was wondering if ...
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Exponentials with three variables: solving for an equation

$2^{x}=5^{y}=100^{z}$ Find $z$ in terms of $y$ and $x$. The term $z$ should be a function of $x$ and $y$, i.e.: $z(x,y)$. All I could get were recursive attempts.
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How would I calculate sum of digits in the number (a^b)?

I was doing a question from a site,project euler specifically.I came to a question in which I was asked to calculate sum of digits in number 2^1000.Since I program very often I was able to do that ...
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How to Find the Derivatives of $\tan^2(x^4)$ and $\sec^3(x^5)$?

I am to find the derivative of f(x) and g(x): So far, I know the following: The derivative of tan(x) = sec(x)^2 The derivative of sec(x) = sec(x)tan(x) So, I have tried the following steps to ...
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Exponentiating a matrix

I was just wondering whether my solution is correct or not and if it isn't, where I went wrong? Find $ e^A $ where $ A = \begin{bmatrix} 0 & 1 \\ 1 & 0 \end{bmatrix} $ So what I ...
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Negative number squared in expression $-5-8^{2}$

I know this probably is a silly stupid question, but I just don't get it. I'm currently doing Khan Academy pre-algebra and stumbled upon an awkward problem. I assume that: $-5-8^{2}=59$ Because -8 ...
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Raise an inequality to power

I'm looking for general rules for working with inequalities and powers. Are those general rules correct? 1.You may raise any inequality to an odd power of N - and keep the inequality as it was. For ...
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Radioactive Decay formula is $A=A_0e^{-kt}$. How many years until 10 grams decay so that only 8 remain

I have been trying this question for hours and come to a dead end every time... Consider the radioactive decay formula $A=A_0e^{-kt}$ where $A$ is the amount of radium remaining at the time $t$. ...
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Floating point overflow. Can this power equation be simplified?

I’m running into trouble with the following formula that we’re using in our software. $$ \frac{1 - x^{-y}}{1 - x^{-(y+1)}} $$ In certain cases, the value for $y$ is a relatively large number; ...
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Math Team Problem Involving Powers of Powers of 3

So I am in my high school math team and I was given the following expression $$3^{3^{3^{...}}}$$ Where there are multiple powers of 3 with a total of two thousand and fifteen 3's. The question ...
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Curve of product of 2 powers

could anyone help me identify the name of the green curve in the attached image, please? It's the product of the two other curves, which are power (to the -6) in blue; and area of a circle (which I ...
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How do you calculate the module of a high raised number?

I need some help solving this. Find $3^{336549354297854} (mod 28)$ I don't really understand how to solve this type of problem. can anyone explain?
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How to solve exponential expressions?

There are some questions that I have. Question 1) $$ (x^2/5)^3 = 2^6/5^y$$ To find the $y$ I used the same base $$ 1/5^3 = 1/5y$$ Teacher told that the exponent will be the same if equaled, so $ ...
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Solve exponential equation with exponent variables.

Ok, the question is: Solve the following for x: $2^x4^{x-1}=70$ I have just asked Wolfram Alpha, of course though, it supplies an answer without revealing its working. I started to try the ...
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Efficient way to find primitive root without prime factorization

I was just wondering if there is a more efficient bruteforcing approach to find any primitive root of number p without prime factorization. My approach is as ...
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When is $(a^b)^c $ = $a^{bc}$ true?

I know that in some cases this rule is not true. For example $$((-1)^2)^\frac{1}{2}\ne(-1)^{(2\cdot\frac{1}{2})}$$ So when is this rule true ?
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$2\cdot5^x-7^x-4^x>0$ for $-1\le x<0$

Show that $2\cdot5^x-7^x-4^x>0$ for $-1\le x<0$. I tried by differentiation but I found it useless as expression become more complicated. Also tried by Jensen's inequality but did not ...
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$x^a$ not defined in $\Re$ when x negative?

I know that by definition $x^a$ = exp(alogx) which is not defined when x not in $\Re^∗_+$ Does it mean that for example $-1^3$ not defined for real numbers ?
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Find root of $x\cdot 2^x - 1$ function

Is it possible to solve the equation: $x2^x - 1 = 0$ without using the function graph? According to the function plot, its root is around 0.6. I need to get the numeric value of the function's ...
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How to solve $(\frac{1}{x})^2x=e^6$? [closed]

I need to solve this: $$\left(\frac{1}{x}\right)^2x=e^6$$ I know it's equal $$\ x=\frac{1}{e^6}$$ But how?
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What is the minimum $k$ such that $\sum_{i = 1}^{k}2^{a_i} = \sum_{j = 1}^{n}2^{w_j}$

Suppose you have a sequence of numbers $S = (w_1,...,w_n)$ and you want to know the minimum $k$ such that $2^{a_1}+...+2^{a_k} = 2^{w_1}+...+2^{w_n} = T$. I'm told that the minimum $k$ is equal to the ...