HELP! What is the value of x if x=log(base16)1/2 x log(base25)125 x log(base27)81. X in between logs is multiplication. Can somebody help me? :( with solution if possible. :(

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It is helpful to realize that
  Log(baseX)[Y] = Log[Y]/Log[X]    (where the logs on the right are both to any same base)
and
  Log(baseB)[B^A] = A    (from the definition of a logarithm)

Your expression becomes
  x = Log[1/2]/Log[16]*Log[125]/Log[25]*Log[81]/Log[27]
You can use your calculator to work this out, or you can make use of additional facts you know. These are
  1/2 = 2^(-1); 16 = 2^4; so Log[1/2]/Log[16] = -1/4  when the base of each log is 2.
  125 = 5^3; 25 = 5^2; so Log[125]/Log[25] = 3/2 when the base of each log is 5.
  81 = 3^4; 27 = 3^3; so Log[81]/Log[27] = 4/3 when the base of each log is 3.
Now we can find x easily as the product of these fractions.
  x = (-1/4)*(3/2)*(4/3) = (-1*3*4)/(4*2*3) = (-1/2)*(3*4)/(3*4)
  x = -1/2

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