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1. Given that 3–n = 0.2

find the value of (34)n
2. (Original post by VVDOOMVV)
Given that 3–n= 0.2

find the value of (34)n
Could you write down what equals? That will get you started.
3. you can write 3-n as (3n)-1 or (3-1)n...
4. (Original post by Mr M)
Could you write down what equals? That will get you started.
i believe its 5 but i'm honestly not understanding the next steps?
5. (Original post by the bear)
you can write 3-n as (3n)-1 or (3-1)n...
Still don't understand where to go from there?
6. (Original post by VVDOOMVV)
i believe its 5 but i'm honestly not understanding the next steps?
It is 5 because

Now you need to apply the rule of indices that .
7. (Original post by jpxw)
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8. (Original post by jacobusargentum)
3^n = 5

the recipriocal of .2 is 5

therefore 3^4n= 5^4

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9. you can write 3-n = 0.2 as (3n)-1 =0.2

power -1 means the reciprocal...

1/(3n) = 0.2 = 1/5

so (3n) = 5
10. (Original post by Mr M)
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11. (Original post by Mr M)
It is 5 because

Now you need to apply the rule of indices that .

If i apply that to what im given then:

or am i missing the point.
12. (Original post by VVDOOMVV)

If i apply that to what im given then:

or am i missing the point.
I think you are struggling with the LaTex so I'm not sure what you are saying,

Note that
13. (Original post by Mr M)
I think you are struggling with the LaTex so I'm not sure what you are saying,

Note that
sorry but if we use the (a^bc) = (a^b)^c
then wouldn't it be
(3^4x5)
14. (Original post by VVDOOMVV)
sorry but if we use the (a^bc) = (a^b)^c
then wouldn't it be
(3^4x5)
No. . You seem to be substituting 5 for something else entirely,
15. (Original post by Mr M)
No. . You seem to be substituting 5 for something else entirely,
I've finally understood it.
(3^4)^n
3n= 5
5^4 = 625

Thank you my friend!

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