A drug is eliminated from the body through urine. Suppose that for a dose of 10 milligrams, the amount A(t) remaining in the body t hours later is given by A(t)=10(0.8)^t and that in order for the drug to be effective, at least 2 milligrams must be in the body.
(a) Determine when 2 milligrams is left in the body.
(b) What is the half-life of the drug?
Pre Calc! - MathMate, Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 7:28pm
For 2 mg left, we have A(t)=2, A0=10, so
0.8^t = 1/5
take ln on both sides,
Half-life is the time it takes to reduce the quantity to 0.5A0, i.e.
solve for t similar to a) above.
Pre Calc! - Hayli, Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 7:46pm
Pre Calc! - MathMate, Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 8:08pm