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$$4^{x-1} + 4^{x-3} = 272$$

I've tried to check if I can convert it to a logarithm but found there's not an answer ($x \in \mathbb Z$), and I'm not sure how to continue from there.

Thanks in advance for any help you provide.

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    $\begingroup$ Factor out a $4^x$ $\endgroup$ – Eleven-Eleven Feb 2 '17 at 2:59
  • $\begingroup$ Somehow, I missed something this obvious. Thanks for your help. $\endgroup$ – user287997 Feb 2 '17 at 3:21
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Hint: We can factor $4^{x-1}+4^{x-3} = 4^2 \cdot 4^{x-3}+4^{x-3} = (4^2+1) \cdot 4^{x-3} = 17 \cdot 4^{x-3}$.

Also, $272$ is divisible by $17$.

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Set $u=4^{x-1}$ and rewrite the equation as $u+\frac{u}{16}=272\to\frac{17u}{16}=272$ so $u=256\implies 4^{x-1}=256\implies x=5$

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Hint: $$4^{x-1} + 4^{x-3} = 16 (4)^{x-3} + 4^{x-3} =17 (4)^{x-3} = 272$$

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