Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH110/December 2015/Question 07 (b)
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Question 07 (b) 

An exponential decay function , where and are positive constants, is used to model the amount of drug in the blood t hours after an initial dose is administered. Suppose an initial dose of 100 mg is administered to a patient. Assume it takes 36 hr for the body to eliminate half of the initial dose from the blood stream. Answer the questions below. You may leave your answers unsimplified, i.e. in ”calculatorready” form. (b) At what rate (in mg per hr) is the drug eliminated from the blood stream after 36 hr since the initial dose? 
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Hint 

How is the rate of change of a quantity represented in mathematical language? 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. The rate of change of any quantity is represented by its derivative, so the question is asking to find at . By part (a) we have , applying the chain rule with the exponential function derivative gives
