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Edmund Zhi 2B
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Postby Edmund Zhi 2B » Sun Mar 08, 2020 6:00 pm

A certain beta blocker is eliminated in a first-order process with a rate constant of 7.6 * 10^-3 min^-1 at normal body temperature (37 C). A patient is given 20. mg of the drug. What mass of the drug remains in the body 5.0 h after administration?

How do we use the integrated rate law/rate low to figure this out if we are given only mass, not concentration?

kristi le 2F
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Re: 7B.1

Postby kristi le 2F » Sun Mar 08, 2020 6:32 pm

Masses and concentrations are proportional. Through using the equation ln[A]t/[A]0, = -kt, we find that the proportion of [A]t to [A]0 is 1/10. So, 10% of the initial drug concentration remains in the body, which is (0.10)(20 mg) = 2.0 mg.

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