Posted by naseba on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 8:35am.
The function must have the form
N(t) = a e^kt , where a is the intitial number and k is a constant , and t is in minutes
for t=0 , a = 10000
for t = t1
20000 = 10000 e^(kt1)
2 = e^(kt1)
for t = t1+10
100000 = 10000 e^(k(t1+10)
10 = e^(kt1 + 10k)
divide the two equations
5 = e^(10k)
ln5 = 10klne
10k = ln5
k = ln5/10
a) N(t) = 10000 e^(ln5/10 t)
when t = 20
N(20) = 10000 e^(ln5/10 (20)) = 250 000
c) when N(t) = 20000
2 = e^(ln5/10 t)
ln2 = ln5/10 t
t = 10ln2/ln5 = 4.3067
so in effect we found the "doubling time" to be appr. 4.307 minutes
(we can now also check if for t = 4.307 + 10 or t=14.307 we get N = 50000
10000 e^(ln5/10 (14.307))
= 10000 e^2.302623
= 100 004 , not bad
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