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Mould is spreading through a piece of cheese of mass 1kg in such a way that at a time t days, x kg of the cheese has become mouldy where: -

dx/dt = 2x(1-x)

Given that initially 0.01 kg of the cheese is mouldy.

a) Show that x = [e^(2t)] / [99+e^(2t)]

So far I've got dx/(2x(1-x) = dt

Then partial fractions (1/(2x) - 1/(2(1-x) ) dx = dt

The integration (1/2) (lnx + ln(1-x)) = t +c

At which point I can't get where I'm supposed to end up. Have I integrated incorrectly? If not can you please supply the next couple of steps for me

Many thanks

Hello Maggie,

What you have done is fine, except for the sign in between the two terms in your partial fraction expansion. It should be: (1/(2x) + 1/(2(1-x)) dx = dt and thus, the integral is:

(1/2) (lnx - ln(1-x)) = t + c...now it is just the algebra to solve for x in terms of t.

First, let's multiply both sides of (1/2) (lnx - ln(1-x)) = t + c by 2 to get

ln(x) - ln(1-x) = 2t + C ==> ln[x/(1-x)]=2t + C ==> x(1-x)=e^(2t+C)

==> x/(1-x)=e*(2t)*e^C, but e^C=K, another constant.

==> x/(1-x)=Ke^(2t)/1, cross multiplying gives: x=(1-x)*Ke^(2t)...solving for x gives:

x=Ke^(2t)/[1+Ke^(2t)], now impose the initial condition x(0)=0.01:

0.01=K/(1+K)...so K=1/99...thus,

x(t)=(1/99)e^(2t)/[1+(1/99)e^(2t)], multiplying by 99/99 gives

x(t)=e^(2t)/[99+e^(2t)]

OK?

Abe

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Comment | Hi Thank you very, very much. I had actually got the partial fractions correct but I had to continue the question on a different page and wrote down a - instead of a +. However, even if I'd got that correct I would not have solved (1/99)e^(2t) = x/(x+1) without studying your solution. Thanks again, Maggie |

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