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# a^b x c^a = abca

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Find a, b, c.

ab x ca= abca , a 4-digit number

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Answer:

a = 2, b = 5, c = 9

2^5*9^2 = 2592

Edited by rocdocmac
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I hope there is a nuanced way of solving this besides brute force.

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On 4/5/2018 at 10:24 PM, BMAD said:

I hope there is a nuanced way of solving this besides brute force.

Trust so too!

BN ... is there a way to work it out mathematically? I don't think that logarithms will suffice!

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Not that I know of. Tables of powers, or spreadsheet where different abc values can be simply typed in, or inspired guesswork?
It's not my fav type of puzzle, but some like this type.

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Thanks!

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