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The temperature is changing at a certain rate. What is the temperature when t=5?

  1. May 4, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A pizza, heated to a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit, is taken out of an oven and placed in a 75°F room at time t=0 minutes. The temperature of the pizza is changed at a rate of -110e-0.4t degrees Fahrenheit per minute. TO the nearest degree, what is the temperature of the pizza at time t=5 minutes?

    Answer: 112°F

    2. Relevant equations

    f'(t) = -ky?
    All I can think of is that this problem is related to Newton's Law of Cooling.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    The rate of change or derivative is -110e-0.4t. I think what you're suppose to do is find how much the temperature dropped and subtract this number to the original temperature, 350°. I originally thought, if I plugged in t=5 into
    -110e-0.4t and subtract this number from 350°, then I would have my answer. But, of course, this is wrong.
     
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  3. May 4, 2010 #2

    rock.freak667

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    So we have this meaning that

    dT/dt = -110e-0.4t ⇒ T= ∫(dT/dt) dt

    So what is T equal to?
     
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