# 5.3 Equations Involving Indices

METHOD:
1. Comparison of indices or base
1. If  the base are the same , when ${a}^{x}={a}^{y}$ , then x = y
2. If  the index are the same , when ${a}^{x}={b}^{x}$ , then a = b
2. Using common logarithm (If base and index are NOT the same)
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