# How to re-arrange formula with an exponent

1. Jul 4, 2013

### wally6767

I have been out of school for 35 years and this is out of my reach. Can someone please re-arrange this formula solved for Tp .

T = (Tp / Sa) to the .833 power

I have an example in it's current form.

T = 40.5 Deg C
Tp = 2300mW/CM cubbed
Sa = 27 CM squared

2. Jul 4, 2013

### jbunniii

First take logs of both sides:
$$\log(T) = \log\left( (Tp/Sa)^{0.833}\right) = 0.833 \log\left( (Tp/Sa) \right) = 0.833(\log(Tp) - \log(Sa))$$
Now solve for $\log(Tp)$ and exponentiate both sides to get an expression for $Tp$.

3. Jul 4, 2013

### wally6767

jbunnii, thanks for the reply. I have tried to solve for Tp but no luck. I do not remember ever doing math like this before.

4. Jul 5, 2013

### HallsofIvy

Since the "target" variable is not in the exponent, I would not use the logarithm, I would take the 1/.833 power of both sides:
$$T= \left(\frac{T_p}{S_a}\right)^{.833}$$
$$T^{1/.833}= \frac{T_p}{S_a}$$
$$T_p= T^{1/.833}S_a$$.

5. Jul 5, 2013

### wally6767

hallsofivy, thank you very much for this elegant solution.