Create equivalent expressions in the equation that all have equal bases.
Since the bases are the same, then two expressions are only equal if the exponents are also equal.
Solve for .
Move all terms not containing to the right side of the equation.
Since does not contain the variable to solve for, move it to the right side of the equation by subtracting from both sides.
Add and to get .
Divide each term by and simplify.
Divide each term in by .
Reduce the expression by cancelling the common factors.
Cancel the common factor.
Divide by to get .
Verify each of the solutions by substituting them back into the original equation and solving. In this case, all solutions were found to be valid.