Chapter 12 - Algebra Coach Exercises



Algebra Coach Exercise on fractional and real exponents.
Simplify each of the following exponential expressions. To do this drag-and-drop each expression into the Algebra Coach and then click the Simplify button repeatedly. For questions 8 to 10 finish up by clicking the Add fractions button.

Required Options settings: Set the simplification mode to “exact arithmetic”.
  1. x^(1/5) * x^(2/5)
  2. x^(3/5) / x^(1/5)
  3. (x^(3/5))^2
  4. x^1.2 * x^3
  5. (x^1.2)^3
  6. (x^5)^(-0.4)
  7. (x^(a/b))^(c/d)

  8. x^a * x^(c/d)
  9. x^(a/c) * x^(b/c)
  10. x^(a/b) / x^(c/d)



Algebra Coach Exercise on logarithms.
Simplify each of the following expressions involving logarithms. To do this drag-and-drop each expression into the Algebra Coach and click the Simplify button.
  1. log(10^(-3))
  2. log(b^x)
  3. log(b^10 * c^15)
  4. ln(e^5)
  5. log(b^(3m) * c^(4m))
  6. ln(b^x)
  7. log(32)/log(8)
Write each of the following expressions as a single logarithm. To do this drag-and-drop each expression into the Algebra Coach and click the Add Logarithms button (sometimes several times).

  1. log(5) + log(8)
  2. log(5) + log(2)
  3. log(x) + log(y) + log(z)
  4. 2*log(x) + 3*log(y) + z
  5. a*log(x) - b*log(y) + 2*log(w+z)
  6. log(x)/a + log(y)/b
  7. log(x+2) + log(x-2)


Algebra Coach Exercise on the forms for exponential growth and decay.
Each of the following questions contains an exponential growth function, shown in blue. The exponential factor in the function is to be rewritten in the form e r t where the exponential growth rate r is to be determined. To do this drag-and-drop the equation in red into the Algebra Coach and use AutoSolve to solve it for r. (Don’t forget to first set the Autosolve variable to r.)
  1. y = 5 · 6 t       solve       6 ^ t = e ^ (r t)
  2. y = 2 · 5 t/3       solve       5 ^ (t / 3) = e ^ (r t)
Each of the following questions contains an exponential decay function, shown in blue. The exponential factor in the function is to be rewritten in the form e − r t where the exponential decay rate r is to be determined. To do this drag-and-drop the equation in red into the Algebra Coach and use AutoSolve to solve it for r.
  1. y = 4 · 6 − t       solve       6 ^ (-t) = e ^ (-r t)
  2. y = 25 · (¼) − t       solve       (1 / 4) ^ (-t) = e ^ (-r t)


Algebra Coach Exercise on analyzing exponential growth and decay.
  1. The graph of a certain exponential (growth) function contains the points (2, 3) and (6, 9). Find the equation of this exponential function in the rate form,  y = a e b x, where the constants a and b are to be determined. Here’s how:

  2. The graph of a certain exponential (decay) function contains the points (5, 22.7) and (15, 9.14). Find the equation of this exponential function in the rate form,  y = a e − b x, where the constants a and b are to be determined. Here’s how:



Algebra Coach Exercise on finding the equation of a straight line on a log-log or semi-log graph.
  1. Find the equation of the straight line in the graph to the right.

    First, note that it must be of the form i = a e b t, where a and b are to be determined, and that it contains the points (t = 2, i = 4) and (t = 27, i = 1).

    Drag-and-drop the following text into the Algebra Coach’s listbox, click the Substitute button, and then Autosolve for a:
    t = 2, i = 4, i = a e^(b t)
    Now do the same for the following text:
    t = 27, i = 1, i = a e^(b t)
    Now drag the two equations that were solved for a into the textbox. The textbox should now contain:
    a = 4 / e^(2b), a = 1 / e^(27b)
    Click the Substitute button, and then Autosolve for b: The result will be b = −0.0555. The Algebra Coach automatically checks this solution by substituting it back into the original equation. Since the original equation essentially reads a = a, this means that a = 4.47, and that the equation of the straight line is:
    i = 4.47 e − 0.0555 t

  2. Find the equation of the straight line in the graph to the right.
    Follow the same steps as in the previous example. Note that the equation must be of the form P = a e b t, where a and b are to be determined, and that it contains the points (t = 4.5, P = 10) and (t = 6.6, P = 60).

    Therefore the relevent equations are:
    t = 4.5, P = 10, P = a e^(b t)
    t = 6.6, P = 60, P = a e^(b t)
    and the solution is:
    P = 0.215 e 0.853 t

  3. Find the equation of the straight line in the graph to the right.
    Follow the same steps as in the previous example. Note that the equation must be of the form C = a A b, where a and b are to be determined, and that it contains the points (A = 4.5, C = 10) and (A = 6.6, C = 60).

    Therefore the relevent equations are:
    A = 2, C = 1, C = a A^b
    A = 30, C = 9, C = a A^b
    and the solution is:
    C = 0.570 A 0.811

  4. Find the equation of the straight line in the graph to the right.
    Follow the same steps as in the previous example. Note that the equation must be of the form C = a A b, where a and b are to be determined, and that it contains the points (A = 4.5, C = 10) and (A = 6.6, C = 60).

    Therefore the relevent equations are:
    L = 0.1, Q = 10, Q = a L^b
    L = 3, Q = 1, Q = a L^b
    and the solution is:
    Q = 2.10 L − 0.677



Algebra Coach Exercise on exponential equations.
Solve each of the following exponential equations. To do this drag-and-drop each of them into the Algebra Coach and click the AutoSolve button.
  1. 9 ^ x = 27
  2. 2.24 ^ (x + 2) = 12.5
  3. 4.12 e ^ (3 x) = 114
  4. 3.26 ^ x = 86.8
  5. e ^ (2 x) = 125
  6. 1.05 e ^ (4 x + 1) = 5.96

  7. e ^ (2 x - 1) = 3 e ^ (x + 3)
  8. 5 ^ (2 x) = 8 ^ (3 x - 2)
  9. 10 ^ (4 x) = 4 * 10 ^ x
  10. 2 ^ (5 x + 1) = 3 ^ (2 x + 1)
  11. 7 e ^ (1.5 x) = 2 e ^ (2.4 x)
  12. 5 ^ (2 x) = 3 ^ (3 x + 1)

  13. 3 ^ (x ^ 2) = 175 ^ (x - 1)
  14. e ^ x + e ^ (-x) = 5
  15. e ^ x + e ^ (-x) = 2 (e ^ x - e ^ (-x))
  16. e ^ (4 x) - 2 e ^ (2 x) - 3 = 0
  17. e ^ (6 x) - e ^ (3 x) - 2 = 0
  18. e ^ (6 x) - 3 e ^ (3 x) + 2 = 0


Algebra Coach Exercise on logarithmic equations.
Solve each of the following logarithmic equations. To do this drag-and-drop each of them into the Algebra Coach and click the AutoSolve button.
  1. log(2 x + 25) = 2
  2. log(3 x + x ^ 2) = 1
  3. 2log(x + 1)=3
  4. log(8x) = log(24)
  5. ln(8) + ln(x - 2) = ln(3x - 2)

  6. ln(5x + 2) - ln(x + 6) = ln(4)
  7. ln(x) + ln(x + 2) = 1
  8. 2log(x) - log(1 - x) = 1
  9. log(4x - 3) + log(5) = 6
  10. ln(x) - 2ln(x) = ln(64)

  11. ln(x + 2) - ln(36) = ln(x)
  12. log(x) + log(4x) = 2
  13. log(8x^2) - log(4x) = 2.54
  14. 2log(x) - 1 = log(20 - 2x)
  15. ln(2x) - ln(4) + ln(x - 2) = 1