In the exponential function a^x=b (a to the power x equals b), can I reduce this to x=? (what would x equal)?
Take the ln of both sides.
In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.