## [windows2000] Re: OT - Math Question

• From: Chris Berry <chris_berry-list-windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
• To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
• Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 13:25:24 -0800

```Moby wrote:

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```Chris Berry wrote:

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```Mark Lane wrote:

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```I was a math major in a former life 10+ years.

1/2(e^x + e^-x) = 4
e^x + e^-x = 8
(e^x)^2 + 1 = 8e^x
Let y = e^x such that x = ln(y).
y^2 + 1 = 8y
y^2 - 8y + 1 = 0
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Use quadratic formula, which is x = (-b +- sqrt(b^2 - 4ac))/2a, to solve for
```y in previous equation.  Then x = ln(y)
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Pretty, but pure handwaving, you still didn't provide a value for x.

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```To continue the handwaving some more then :)

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Using the quadratic formula and keeping only the positive value for y (y = e^x - as such y cannot be negative!) we get:
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y = (8 + 9.592) /2 = 8.796

This means e^x = 8.796 => x = ln(8.796) = 2.174
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That doesn't work out right when I plug it into my spreadsheet. *scratches head*
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I used:

=1/2*(2.71828183^A1+2.71828183^(A1*-1))

and got

4.4536 not 4

I'm a little rusty though, did I miss something?

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