Sunday, November 22, 2015

[S2_20151122IXBQ] A Bonus for your Index Fun?


     This is a “bonus” question which most likely came from an Integrated Programme (IP) school.  It really tests the wits of students’ knowledge of indices and problem solving tactics.  I present two solutions without the use of logarithms.  The first solution uses reciprocal indices and the matching of the base a/b.  In the second solution, we match up the indices to  xy.

Review of Important Laws of Indices

Solution 1

Solution 2


     No logs from any forest were harmed in the process of making this blog post.  J

H04. Look for pattern(s)
H05. Work backwards
H09. Restate the problem in another way
H13* Use Equation / write a Mathematical Sentence

Suitable Levels
* challenge for Lower Secondary Mathematics (Secondary 2)
GCE ‘O’ Level “Elementary” Mathematics (revision)
* other syllabuses that involve algebra and indices

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