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**scorpion007** The first is a problem:

A casserole is removed from the oven and placed on a bench in the kitchen. The casserole's rate of cooling is proportional to the difference between its temperature and the temperature of its surroundings. When removed from the oven, the casserole is at a temperature of 80 deg Celcius, and it cools to 65 deg in 10 minutes. If the temperature of the kitchen is kept at a constant 20 deg, find the exact time to cool to 50 deg.

All temps are in Celcius.

I sort of got d(temp)/dt = k(temp - 20)

hence dt/d(temp) = 1/k(temp-20)

so t = 1/k int(1/(temp - 20)) d(temp)

but i dont know how i should find the k constant and the C constant of integration to get the time.