Just for the sake of giving you some feedback you can't get when you teach yourself, we would say you "raised e to the 0 power", or something like that, not "rose up"; and you didn't make e = 1 (it's still 2.71828!). It can be important to say things clearly to avoid confusing people.

Can you tell us what the answers are, in case their form might give us a clue what they are doing? If I were helping you in person, I would long ago have grabbed the book to see just what it says, looking for clues to point out to you. Maybe there's something you could quote for us.

I'd say this is very much a "problem", and in fact essentially what I proposed! It's much more that just a bare

equation with no context, as you presented it to us.

As has been said, this will probably require some numerical method; if you have a graphing calculator, or can use an online equivalent, you could use it to solve the equation stapel showed (and solved with Wolfram Alpha). Unless the book gives any extra clues, that is probably the most reasonable thing to do. One of the little secrets they don't teach you in algebra class is that most equations can't be solved exactly; they usually show you only the problems that algebra can solve.

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