IMAT 2015 Q53 [Expression]

Given that 2 log_{10} (x) – 3 = log_{10} (y)

Express y in terms of x.


In order to solve this, we need to know some rules of the logarithm:

  1. \log _{a}x\cdot y = \log _{a}x + \log _{a}y
  2. \log _{a}\frac{x}{y} = \log _{a}x - \log _{a}y
  3. \log _{a} x^{m} = m \log _{a}x
  4. \log _{a} \sqrt[n]{x} = \frac{1}{n} \log _{a}x
  5. \log _{a}1 = 0
  6. \log _{a}a= 1
  7. \log _{a}a^{k} = k
  8. a^{\log _{a}k} = k

There are multiple ways to solve 2\log _{10}(x) -3 = \log _{10}(y).

I will solve it in one way that I think is the fastest (using rule 3 and 8):

2\log _{10}(x) -3 = \log _{10}(y) \to (rule 3)\log _{10}(x^2) -3 = \log _{10}(y)
\to (using 10^{function}) 10^{\log _{10}(x^2) -3} = 10^{\log _{10}(y)} \to 10^{\log _{10}(x^2)} \cdot 10^{-3}= 10^{\log _{10}(y)}
\to (rule 8) (x^2)\cdot 10^{-3} = (y) \to y = \frac{x^2}{10^3} \to y= \frac{x^2}{1000}

Which gives us the correct answer (A)


I don’t get this part, how do separate the -3 ?

Is it like an exponent rule?
I found these two relevant rules:

a^m+n = a^m * a^n
a^m-n = a^m / a^n

but in this case, the 3 is negative, so we would have to divide 10^log10(x^2) by 10^log10(-3)
not multiply???

hello! this -3 is seperate from logx2 in the first place.
then we take the 10th power of both sides and include logx2 -3 in a panathesis
we open up the 10th power and write it as 10^logx2 * 10^-3 (normal exponential rule)
then solve it with the 8th rule
here you can see it from my solution a bit more clearly

using the division rule gives the same solution,
(10log^x2)/10^3 =y
is the same as x^2/1000


Thank you so much! That really clears it up

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