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    Need help in solving logarithmic equation

    A ball is made of rubber, when dropped on a concrete floor, bounces up to 80% of the height from which it was dropped. The ball is dropped from 2m. After how many bounces will the ball not rise over 0.5 m?

    This is what I did

    .5 = 2(.8) ^n

    .25 = .8^n

    ln .25 = n ln .8

    n = 6.2

    Now, what would be the answer 6 drops or 7 drops
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    Hello, daunder!

    A ball is made of rubber, when dropped on a concrete floor,
    bounces up to 80% of the height from which it was dropped.
    The ball is dropped from 2m.
    After how many bounces will the ball not rise over 0.5 m?
    The height after n bounces is: . h \;=\;2(0.8)^n

    We want an inequality: . 2(0.8)^n \:\leq \:0.5

    Then: . (0.8)^n \:\leq \:0.25

    Take logs: . \ln(0.8^n) \:\leq \:\ln(0.25) \quad\Rightarrow\quad n\!\cdot\!\ln(0.8) \:\leq \:\ln(0.25)

    Note: . \ln(0.8) is a negative quantity.

    Divide by \ln(0.8)\!:\;\;n \:\geq \:\frac{\ln(0.25)}{\ln(0.8)} \:=\:  6.2125...

    Therefore: . n = 7

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    Thanks for explaining
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    Quote Originally Posted by daunder View Post
    A ball is made of rubber, when dropped on a concrete floor, bounces up to 80% of the height from which it was dropped. The ball is dropped from 2m. After how many bounces will the ball not rise over 0.5 m?

    This is what I did

    .5 = 2(.8) ^n

    .25 = .8^n

    ln .25 = n ln .8

    n = 6.2

    Now, what would be the answer 6 drops or 7 drops
    2(.8)^n < .5

    (.8)^n < .25

    n\ln(.8) < \ln(.25)

    n > \frac{\ln(.25)}{\ln(.8)}

    n > 6.2

    that would be 7
    Last edited by skeeter; April 2nd 2009 at 05:08 PM. Reason: ... too slow tonite.
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