


Question 05 (b) 

BirdBath and Beyond Incorporated is famous for its Quetzal attracting birdfeeder solution made from water, honey and canesugar.
To make their solution, both honey and a canesugar solution are poured into a 200 L mixing tank. The honey is poured in at a rate of 1 L per minute while the sugar solution is poured in at 9 L per minute. Note that 1 L of honey contains 1 kg of sugar, while the canesugar solution contains 100g of sugar per L. Unfortunately today there is a problem with the mixing tank. It was thoroughly cleaned and is initially filled with pure water, but main valve was broken and the water cannot be drained. When the mixing process is started, the honey and sugarsolutions are poured into the tank, and the excess fluid flows out of an emergency valve at 10 L per minute and onto the floor. You should assume that the solutions mix immediately and thoroughly in the tank. (b) How much sugar is in the tank after time t? 
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Hint 1 

Solve the differential equation found in (a). 
Hint 2 

To solve the differential equation, separate the variables. 
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Solution 

Recall that the differential equation is given by
We use separation of variables and then integrate to rewrite the above as The integral on the right hand side is simply − t + C_{1}. To solve the left hand side, use the substitution and obtain Solving the above for S yields with a different constant . Now we use the initial condition S(0) = 0 to solve for C_2: hence C_2 = 1.9 and therefore the final answer is Is there a typo? Is this solution unclear? Let us know here, visit the discussion or suggest an alternative solution.

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