Rewrite in exponential form using the definition of a logarithm. If and are positive real numbers and , then is equivalent to .

Rewrite the expression using the negative exponent rule .

Multiply the numerator of the first fraction by the denominator of the second fraction. Set this equal to the product of the denominator of the first fraction and the numerator of the second fraction.

Solve the equation for .

Rewrite the equation as .

Multiply by .

Multiply by .

Take the root of both sides of the to eliminate the exponent on the left side.

The complete solution is the result of both the positive and negative portions of the solution.

Simplify the right side of the equation.

Rewrite as .

Pull terms out from under the radical, assuming positive real numbers.

The complete solution is the result of both the positive and negative portions of the solution.

First, use the positive value of the to find the first solution.

Next, use the negative value of the to find the second solution.

The complete solution is the result of both the positive and negative portions of the solution.

Exclude the solutions that do not make true.

Solve for x log base x of 1/81=-4