Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH102/December 2016/Question B 03 (c)
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Question B 03 (c) 

The velocity of a protein inside a cell starting at the top and falling under the force of gravity is given by the differential equation
where is the gravitational acceleration, is the acceleration due to drag and . (Note that this model ignores diffusion of the protein which makes it a really bad model but we’re exploring what gravity alone would do to a protein.) (c) If the protein is initially at rest at the top of the cell, how long does it take for the protein to reach a velocity of (roughly 85% of the way to steady state)? You do not have to solve the equation but instead simply state the solution. 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. We can rewrite the equation in the form where (recall part (a)).
, which has a solution .
