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### Section 6-3 : Solving Exponential Equations

1. Solve the following equation.

${6^{2x}} = {6^{1 - 3x}}$

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Recall the property that says if $${b^x} = {b^y}$$ then $$x = y$$. Since each exponential has the same base, 6 in this case, we can use this property to just set the exponents equal. Doing this gives,

$2x = 1 - 3x$ Show Step 2

Now all we need to do is solve the equation from Step 1 and that is a simple linear equation. Here is the solution work.

\begin{align*}2x & = 1 - 3x\\ 5x & = 1\hspace{0.25in} \to \hspace{0.25in}x = \frac{1}{5}\end{align*}

So, the solution to the equation is then : $$\require{bbox} \bbox[2pt,border:1px solid black]{{x = \frac{1}{5}}}$$.