# Hint needed(and exam tomorrow). Applications of calculus in calculating medicine dose

• Sep 16th 2009, 11:34 AM
Coach
Hint needed(and exam tomorrow). Applications of calculus in calculating medicine dose
Hello everyone!

I am doing the following question:

The rate of decrease in the concentration of the drug in the bloodstream at time t hours is proportional to the amount x (mg) in the bloodstream at that time.

a) Show that $x=x_0e^{-kt}$, where k is a positive constant and $x_0$ is the size of the dose.

Ok, I did this part.

Then comes the difficult part.

b) Show that the amount of the drug in the bloodstream will never exceed $(\frac{x_0}{1-e^-{kT}})$

I did this

in the beginning of T=1
the amount of drug is

$x_0e^{-k}+x_0$

in the beginning of T=2
the amount of drug is
$x_0e^{-2k}+x_0e^{-k}+x_0$

Then I thought that this could be the sum of an infinite geometric progression. So the sum would approach the limit

$(\frac{x_0}{1-e^{-k}})$, but I'm missing the T!

Where am I going wrong?
• Sep 16th 2009, 05:45 PM
seld
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