# Newtons law of cooling problem

• Oct 18th 2009, 01:48 PM
izzychec
Newtons law of cooling problem
I need help setting up the following problem.

A freshly brewed cup of coffee has temperature 95 degrees C in a 20 degree C room. When its temperature is 73 degrees C, it is cooling at a rate of 1 degree C per minute. When does this occur?
• Oct 18th 2009, 01:56 PM
skeeter
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Originally Posted by izzychec
I need help setting up the following problem.

A freshly brewed cup of coffee has temperature 95 degrees C in a 20 degree C room. When its temperature is 73 degrees C, it is cooling at a rate of 1 degree C per minute. When does this occur?

Newton's law of cooling states that the rate of cooling is proportional to the temperature difference between the coffee and its environment.

$\frac{dT}{dt} = k(T - E)$

where $T$ is the coffee's temperature at any time $t$ and $E$ is the temperature of the environment.

you were given the rate of cooling at $T = 73$ ... you should be able to find the proportion constant $k$ using that info.

once you do, separate variables and solve for $T$ as a function of $t$ and solve the problem.