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The temperature of a certain cup of coffee 10 minutes after it was poured was 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature F of the coffee t minutes after it was poured can be determined by the formula F = 120*2^(-at) + 60, where F is in degrees Fahrenheit and a is a constant. Then the temperature of the coffee 30 minutes after it was poured was how many degrees Fahrenheit?

A. 65
B. 75
C. 80
D. 85
E. 90
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New post 28 Jul 2010, 11:57
Hi,

Since F=120 (2^-at)+60,
replace F=120, t=10 to find a.
Once you find a, then to find the temperature 30 min after it was poured simply replace
t=30 and value of a in the equation.

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Is the question correctly written?? I am unable to find the solution.

\(F= 120* (\frac{1}{2^at}) + 60\)
Is this formula correct?
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The tempreature of a certain cup of coffee 10 minutes after it was poured was 120 degree Faranite. If the temp F of the coffee t minues after it was poured can be determinde by the formula F=120 (2^-at)+60 , where F is degree Fahrenhite and a is constant, then the tempreature of the cofffee 30 minues after it was poured was how many degree fahrenhite

a. 65
b. 75
c. 80
d. 85
e. 90


We have the formula for calculating temperature: \(F=120*2^{-at}+60\) and the value for \(t=10\) --> \(F(t=10)=120=120*2^{-10a}+60\) --> \(\frac{1}{2^{10a}}=\frac{1}{2}\) --> \(10a=1\) --> \(a=0.1\). So formula is \(F=120*2^{-0.1t}+60\)

Now for \(t=30\) the temperature in Fahrenheits will be \(F=120*2^{-0.1*30}+60=\frac{120}{2^3}+60=75\).

Answer: B.
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First, we have to find a.

We know that after t=10 minutes the temperature F=120 degrees.

Hence:
120 = 120*(2^-10a)+60
60 = 120*(2^-10a)
60/120 = 2^-10a
1/2 = 2^-10a
2^-1 = 2^-10a
-1 = -10a
1/10 = a

Now we need to find F after t=30 minutes:
F = 120*(2^-1/10*30)+60
F = 120* (2^-3) +60
F = 120* (1/2^3) +60
F = 120*1/8 +60
F = 15+60 = 75

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Substitute the values f=120 and t=10 in given equation, this gives value of a=0.1

now equation is f=120(2^-0.1t)+60

substitute t=30 in above equation to find f

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Can someone explain me how
1/2 = 2^-10a becomes

2^-1 = 2^-10a

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lzielen wrote:
Can someone explain me how
1/2 = 2^-10a becomes

2^-1 = 2^-10a


Hi lzielen!

\(\frac{1}{2}\) is \(2^{-1}\).

\(x^{-n} = 1/x^n\)

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