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Lesson 5: Exponential models- Exponential models & differential equations (Part 1)
- Exponential models & differential equations (Part 2)
- Worked example: exponential solution to differential equation
- Differential equations: exponential model equations
- Newton's Law of Cooling
- Worked example: Newton's law of cooling

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# Worked example: Newton's law of cooling

The general function for Newton's law of cooling is T=Ce⁻ᵏᵗ+Tₐ. In this video, we solve a word problem that involves the cooling of a freshly baked cookie!

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- This may be a dumb question, but why isn't T(0), not t(0), if we are talking with respect to time?(10 votes)
- Not dumb at all! Never fear asking a question. T(t) is our function, Temperature with respect to time, and so when asking what T(0) is, we are asking what the Temperature is at time 0. Just like if we have a function f(x) and we plug in x=5, we will have f(5) and not x(5). Hope that helped!(43 votes)

- Does Newton's Law of Cooling only work in degrees Celsius? could we use Fahrenheit or even Kelvin?(4 votes)
- You can actually use any measure of temperature with newtons law of cooling because it deals with temperature generally (no units). Its the same for the time variable. In his example, Sal uses an arbitrary 2 to represent 2 mins. That could actually represent 2 days, weeks, hours, or years. Essentially, then, what you get out of the equation for units is what you put in it.

To test this for yourself, try doing the problem over again but convert all of Sal's measurements to Fahrenheit and see if the answer works out to the same amount of cool down time (Hint: it does).(33 votes)

- Early on in the video, Sal states the assumption that the ambient temperature will not change. How would solving this change if the ambient temperature was not constant?(5 votes)
- To add to Tejas answer, you'd get an equation like,
`dT/dt = k(T-A(t))`

where A is a function of time corresponding to ambient temperature. For example, if temperature increases linearly, A = mt, where m is a constant.(7 votes)

- I have a question rather than putting the negative in front of the "k" could you just switch the (T-Ta) to (Ta-T)?(4 votes)
- Yes, that is also valid. But historically the equation has been solved with a negative
`k`

, so that's why it's taught that way.(4 votes)

- when do you know when to take the absolute of a natural log and when not to?(2 votes)
- When integrating 1/x, you always get the natural log of the absolute value of x. If x is going to always be positive or always negative, then you can remove the absolute value and replace it with just x or just -x.(6 votes)

- If we use the Law of Cooling to describe the temperature at any moment, then when will the temperature of the oatmeal be the same as that of the environment?(2 votes)
- If you calculate t for T(t)=20.01, which is very close to the ambient temperature, you'll find 42.9 minutes. If you set T(t)=20, you'll notice it indeed can never happen as there's no t that can make exp(t*ln(2/3)/2)=0.(4 votes)

- How do you use this to find what temperature something will be at certain time instead of the time it will become a certain temperature?(2 votes)
- With known initial and ambient temperatures, you can use the T1 = A + Te^rt in two ways: if you know the rate of change AND the time, you can just plug both r and t into the equation to get T1 (the temperature you're looking for). What Sal did was just solve in the other direction; he used a known T1 to find the corresponding t.

Take this example: 50+30e^(-.5t)=T1. As r is already known to be -.5, you can plug in any value of t that you want and get a temperature.(2 votes)

- How can I measure the time required for my coffee to cool from 100 degrees to 50 degrees on room temperature that is 26 degrees Celsius? This formula requires k and C which is kind of tricky. What is the natural cooling rate without touching anything, is there a formula for that?(2 votes)
- I have tried for warming object(cool-->warm) but what I got was negative time. why?(1 vote)
- Oh, I think it's because when (cool to warm) constant k is positive and not negative. This is because the rate of change of temperature is positive.(1 vote)

- So what are you supposed to do when the ambient temperature is not constant? Say we have a function (dT/dt) = K(T-T(t)), where the ambient temperature itself is a function of time. I am having difficulty getting the equation to separate or getting it into standard form so that I can use the integrating factors technique to solve the ODE. Anyone know how to solve this?(1 vote)

## Video transcript

- [Voiceover] Let's now actually apply Newton's Law of Cooling. Just to remind ourselves, if
capitol T is the temperature of something in celsius degrees, and lower case t is time in minutes, we can say that the rate of change, the rate of change of our temperature with respect to time, is going to be proportional and I'll write a negative K over here. We assumed our concept K is positive, then a negative K is going to
proportional to the difference between the temperature of our thing and the ambient temperature in the room. Once again, why do I
have a negative there? Well, because if the
temperature of our thing is larger than the
temperature of our room, we would expect that we would
be decreasing in temperature. We would have a negative rate of chance. Temperature should be
decreasing over time. If, on the other hand,
our temperature is lower than the ambient temperature of the room then this thing is going to be negative and we would want a
positive rate of change. Things would be warming up. That's why a negative of a negative would give you the positive. This right over here, this
differential equation, we already saw it in a previous video on Newton's Law of Cooling. We even saw a general solution to that. The general solution that I care about, because we are now going
to deal with the scenario where we are putting
something warm in a... Or we are going to put
a warm bowl of oatmeal in a room temperature room. Given that, we are
going to assume the case that we saw in the last video where our temperature is
greater than or equal to the ambient temperature. In that situation, our general
solution boiled down to... It boiled down to temperature
as a function of time is equal to some constant
times e to the negative KT, negative KT, plus our ambient temperature. Plus our ambient temperature. Once again, we figured
this out in our last video. Now, let's actually apply it. I said we were dealing with the scenario where our temperature is greater than or equal to the ambient temperature. Let's assume we are in a scenario... Let's assume a scenario where our ambient temperature
is 20 degrees celsius. We assume that doesn't change. The room is just large enough that even if something that is warmer is put into it the ambient temperature does not change. Let's say that the thing
that we have put in it, our warm bowl of oatmeal, let's say it starts off the
moment we put it in the room, that time equals zero, is 80 degrees celsius. Let's say we also know,
just from previous tests, that after two minutes, after two minutes, it gets to 60 degrees celsius. We also know that T of
two is 60 degrees celsius. Given all of this
information right over here, using Newton's Law of Cooling, and using all of this information we know about how bowls of oatmeal
that start at this temperature have cooled in the past, we want to know how long it will take. How many minutes will have to pass when you put an 80 degree
bowl of oatmeal in the room? How many minutes have to pass in order for it to get to 40 degrees using this model? Let me write that down. So how long... How many minutes for... or let me just say to cool
to 40 degrees celsius? I encourage you to pause the video now and try to figure it out. I'm assuming you have paused the video, and you have had your go at it and the key is to use
all of this information right over here to solve
for the constants C and K, and once you know that, you essentially have described your model. Then you can apply it
to solve for the time that gets you to a temperature
of 40 degrees celsius. So let's do that. The first thing we know is the ambient temperature
is 20 degrees celsius. This right over here is 20 degrees. The most obvious thing
to solve for or to apply is what happens with T of zero. What's neat about T of zero, when T equals zero, this exponent is zero, either the zero power is one, and so T of zero is
essentially going to simplify to Ce plus 20 degrees. Let me actually right that down. T of zero, which we
already know is 80 degrees, we already know as 80 degrees celsius. I'm just going to write 80. We will assume it's in degrees celsius. That is going to be equal to... That is going to be equal to when T equals zero, this, the e to the zero is just going to be one. It's going to be equal
to C plus, C plus 20. If you want to solve for
C, you just subtract 20 from both sides of this equation. We are left with... We are left with 80 minus
20 is 60, is equal to C. 60 is equal to C. We were able to figure out C. Let's figure out what we know right now. We know that T, let me
do that in magenta color. We know that T of t, that's confusing, upper case T of lower case t, temperature as a function of time, is going to be equal to... is going to be equal
to in that same color, 60 e to the negative
KT, negative KT plus 20, plus our ambient temperature. Plus our ambient temperature. Now, we need to solve for K. We can use this information
right over here to solve for K. T of two is equal to 60 degrees. If we make t as equal to two, this thing is going to be 60 degrees. Let me write that down. Let me write that over
here so we have some space. We have 60 is equal to... 60 is equal to 60, is equal to 60 e to the negative K T, all this color switching takes time, e to the negative K T, plus oh, and be careful, that's a times two. E to the negative K times two. That's a time equals two, I could write that E
to the negative two K. E to the negative two K, and then of course we have our plus 20. Then we have our plus 20. Now we just have to solve for K. Once again, at any point, if
you feel inspired to do so I encourage you to try
to solve it on your own. Alright, so let's do this. If we subtract 20 from both sides, we get 40 is equal to 60
e to the negative two K. Divide both sides by 60. You are left with two thirds. 40 divided by 60 is two thirds. is equal to e to the negative two K. E to the negative two K. All this color changing takes work. Let me know if y'all
want me to keep changing. I enjoy changing colors. It just keeps it
interesting on the screen. Anyway, e to the negative two K. Actually, let me scroll down a little bit so I have some more real
estate to work with. Now I can take, let's see. I can take the natural log of both sides. So, I'll have the natural log. Natural log of two thirds is equal to the natural log of e
to the negative two K. That's the whole reason why I took the natural log of both sides. Then to solve for K, I divide
both sides by negative two. I get K is equal to negative one half. Negative one half the
natural log of two thirds. I just swapped sides. Natural log of two thirds. Let me do that since I kept
the colors going so long, let me keep it that way. Natural log of two thirds. So we have solved for
all of the constants. Now we can rewrite this
thing right over here. We can rewrite it as... We just need a mini drumroll here, we are not completely done yet. We get t of T is equal to 60 e... e to the negative K. Well, negative K, the
negative and negative is going to be positive. It will be one half
natural log of two thirds. So one half natural log of two thirds. Negative K, so negative of a negative. One half natural log of two thirds, which actually will be a negative value. Two thirds is less than e,
so you are going to have a natural log of it is
going to be negative so it makes you feel
good that the temperature is going to be going down over time. So, plus or times T, plus 20. Now, all we have to do is
figure out what T get us to a temperature of 40 degrees celsius. Let's solve for that. If we want this to be
40, 40 is equal to... Actually now I'm just
going to stick to one color as we march through this part. 40 is going to be equal to 60
e to the one half natural log of two thirds T power plus 20. Now, let's see. We can subtract 20 from both sides. We get to 20 is equal to 60
e to all that crazy business, one half natural log
of two thirds times T. Now we can divide both sides
by 60 and we get one third. 20 divided by 60 is one third, is equal to e to the one half natural log of two thirds times T. Now, let's see, we can take
the natural log of both sides. The natural log of one third is equal to one half natural log of two thirds times T and then home stretch to solve for T you just divide both sides by one half natural log of two thirds. We get T is equal to this, which is the natural log of one third divided by one half natural log of two thirds. Well, if you divide by one
half that's the same thing as multiplying by two. Then you are going to divide
by natural log of two thirds. Let's see if this actually
makes a sensical answer. Let me get a calculator out. Actually, I could just use Google here. I had ... I already forgot what it was. Natural log one-- So I had natural log one third over natural log of two thirds and the whole thing times two. So I can type two times the
natural log of one third divided by the natural log of two thirds. Let's see what Google gets us. Alright, it didn't ... How did I mess up? This is equal to two
times the natural log-- Oh, okay, it messed up the parenthesis. Let me make this clear. The natural log of one third divided by the natural log of two thirds. Then, there you go. If we were to round to
the nearest hundredth it would be five point four two. Five point four two minutes. Remember, everything we
were doing were in minutes. This right over here, this
is approximately equal to five point four two. Five point four two minutes. And we are done! That's how long it will take
us to cool to 40 degrees.