# Homework Help: Solving an equation which should give an animal's foraging radius

1. Nov 5, 2012

### killbot2000

Hi all, I have the following problem which should show me the distance an animal can travel

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

e = 7.8*10^6 Joules
V= 12m/s
k= 2.0 Joules/m
Ema = 24 Watts
Emc = 42 Watts

The answer should be 116km

2. Relevant equations

r = eV/12(Ema + 0.5Emc) + 2kV

3. The attempt at a solution

I'm coming out with 159183.6735 which is certainly wrong.

Thanks

2. Nov 5, 2012

### wiraimperia

No, I think simply distance = energy / (energy/m) then you will get 3.9 10^6 m. The key is wrong I think...

3. Nov 5, 2012

### killbot2000

This is given in an academic journal so I'm not sure where I've gone wrong, I've taken the values as they are presented.

4. Nov 5, 2012

### epenguin

Firstly you have certainly written the formula wrong and it is most likely

r = eV/[12(Ema + 0.5Emc) + 2kV]

(which tells you something about how to do the arithmetic operations).

This makes sense in terms of dimensions which without the square brackets it doesn't. (There are other possibilities so use the formula in the journal, not mine if different!)

5. Nov 5, 2012

### killbot2000

Hi, the way I've written is the way it's given in the journal. Perhaps a typo on their part?

6. Nov 5, 2012

### epenguin

It does happen. Perhaps you could reproduce it directly from the journal here? Or link if this is free journal access.

But anyway your kV is (joules/m).(m/s) = joules/s = watts , the same unit as the other things I have grouped it with. It can't stand there on its own being equated to something expressed in meters on the other side of the equation.

7. Nov 6, 2012

### killbot2000

Unfortunately I can't link directly because it's a hard copy. Perhaps I can give you another example where I seem to have worked out the answer correctly.

r = [e - T(Ema+Emc/2)]/2k

e = 7.8*10^6 Joules
k= 2.0 Joules/m
Ema = 24 Watts
Emc = 42 Watts
T = 48 hours

[ 7.8*10^6 - 172800 (24 + 42/2)]/4

The answer should be 6km and I got from the above
= 6000 m

8. Nov 6, 2012

### epenguin

The answers seem to be available.
What did my proposed version give?
Other possible likely version it could just have been

r = eV/12[(Ema + 0.5Emc) + 2kV]

9. Nov 13, 2012

### killbot2000

r = eV/12(Ema + 0.5Emc) + 2kV

Hi,

My approach was as follows 7.8 x 10^6 x 12/[12(24+42) + 2 x 2 x 12]

That gives 111428.571429

10. Nov 30, 2012

### killbot2000

Hi all,

I think I solved the problem for those interested. It seems to have been a typo on the part of the author. Of the original values Ema should read 42 not 24.