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    Question Cooling Problem

    guys, i don't know how to solve this problem, i know i have to use dT/dt = -kT.

    A pitcher of butter milk initially at 25
    C is to be cooled by setting it on the front porch, where the temperature is 0C. Suppose that the temperature of the buttermilk has dropped to 15C after 20 min. When it will be at 5C?

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    \frac{dT}{dt}=kT

    Separate variables:

    \frac{dT}{T}=kt

    Integrate:

    ln(T)=kt+C

    T=C_{1}e^{kt}

    We are told that T(0)=25, so use this to find C:

    25=C_{1}e^{k(0)}\Rightarrow C_{1}=25

    T=25e^{kt}

    Now, use the condition T(20)=15 to find k, then set the equation equal to 5 and solve for t.
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    shouldn't that be dT/dt = -kT?
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    It doesn't much matter. You'll just get a negative instead of a positive solution.

    The negative just means the temperature is dropping. Go ahead and use the negative in the same manner I outlined.
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    Thanks alot for helping me, i am done solving that problem.
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