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Suppose you have an equation, a=bc.
To calculate this, run windows calculator (click on the start menu, click on "run," type "calc" into the search field and press enter. Set the calculator to "scientific" by clicking on the "view" menu at the top of the calculator window and clicking on the "scientific" option.
Look for the "log" button (it's a purple key in the middle of the third purple row). If you type in a number and press this button, you'll get the base 10 log (that is, log10) of whatever number you enter.
Now, suppose you expect Coca-Cola to be able to grow it's volume by 70% over the long term, and expect volume to grow at 4% per year. How long will it take to achieve this 70% growth? You want to find x for the equation: 1.7=1.04x.