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    Question on differentiation/integration...

    Here is the question...

    A 100 litre tank is initially full of a mixture of 10% alcohol and 90% water. Simultaneously, a pump drains the tank at 4 litres/second, while a mixture of 80% alcohol and 20% water is poured in at rate 3 litres/second. Thus the tank will be empty after 100 seconds. Assume that the two liquids mix thoroughly, and let y litres be the amount of alcohol in the tank after t seconds.

    dy/dt = 2.4 - ( 4y / (100 - t) )

    Find y as a function of t. Hence deduce that the maximum amount of alcohol in the tank occurs after about 34 seconds, and is about 39.5 litres.

    * I have identified the integrating factor as A = 4 / (100 - t)

    Thank you so so much if you can help!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by reneewilliams View Post
    Here is the question...

    A 100 litre tank is initially full of a mixture of 10% alcohol and 90% water.
    So y(0)= .1(100)= 10 litres.

    Simultaneously, a pump drains the tank at 4 litres/second, while a mixture of 80% alcohol and 20% water is poured in at rate 3 litres/second. Thus the tank will be empty after 100 seconds. Assume that the two liquids mix thoroughly, and let y litres be the amount of alcohol in the tank after t seconds.

    dy/dt = 2.4 - ( 4y / (100 - t) )

    Find y as a function of t. Hence deduce that the maximum amount of alcohol in the tank occurs after about 34 seconds, and is about 39.5 litres.

    * I have identified the integrating factor as A = 4 / (100 - t)

    Thank you so so much if you can help!!
    Good! Since you have an integrating factor, you can solve for y(t). (Don't forget to use y(0)= 10 to determine the constant of integration.) Once you have done that, differentiate y with respect to t and set equal to 0 just as you would with any function to find where there is a maximum or minimum.
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    I've used the integrating factor but am still really struggling! I have...

    y / (100 - t)^4 = (integration sign) 2.4 / (100 - t)^4

    What should I end up with now??

    Thank you for your help so far!
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