# Thread: Did I integrate these properly?

1. ## Did I integrate these properly?

I have this question:

1. The amount a fish grows follows the differential equation
$\displaystyle dL/dt = 6.48e^-0.09t$,

with initial condition L(0) = 5, where t is measured in years and L is measured in centimetres. How much does the fish grow between ages t = 0.5 and t = 1.5?

I integrated it to $\displaystyle L(t) = -72e^-0.09t$ and did the definite integral calculation getting ~6cm. However, when I sub in L(0), I don't get 5. Is that relevant?

2. I bet you forgot your integration constant?.

$\displaystyle L=-72e^{-\frac{9t}{100}}+C$

$\displaystyle 5=-72+C$

$\displaystyle C=77$

$\displaystyle L=-72e^{\frac{-9t}{100}}+77$

Now, try your t=.5 and t=1.5

3. *facepalms*

D'OH!

thank you

4. Originally Posted by jschlarb
I have this question:

1. The amount a fish grows follows the differential equation
$\displaystyle dL/dt = 6.48e^-0.09t$,

with initial condition L(0) = 5, where t is measured in years and L is measured in centimetres. How much does the fish grow between ages t = 0.5 and t = 1.5?

I integrated it to $\displaystyle L(t) = -72e^-0.09t$ and did the definite integral calculation getting ~6cm. However, when I sub in L(0), I don't get 5. Is that relevant?