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When Daughter Activity Becomes Equal To Parent Activity

  1. Feb 22, 2012 #1
    Hi. New here (Again). I'm having trouble with solving transient equilibrium problem

    e-0.0495t= 0.0289 (e-0.0495t- e-0.0289t)

    I know the answer but can't seem to make this work. Maybe I'm messing up my order of op.
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  3. Feb 22, 2012 #2

    I can't tell if that quantity below the problem is part of the divisor or just something extra, but distribute the quantity into the right side of the equation. Then move the term with the same exponent over to the left. Now you can take the natural log of both sides. Just needed some finessing.
  4. Feb 23, 2012 #3
    I'm sorry. The problem didn't display as typed. Ill try this way. Its:

    e^-0.0495t=0.0289/0.0289-0.0495^(e-0.0495t - e-0.0289t)

    Thank you Thetes for your assistance. The answer is 26 minutes but I cannot seem to solve and arrive at this value. What am I doing wrong?
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2012
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