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 Click here to see ALL problems on logarithm Question 248628: Please help really stumped! Approximately one-third of all glass bottles distributed will be recycled each year. A beverage company distributes 310,000 bottles. The number still in use after t years is given by the function N(t)=310,000(1/2)^t After how many years will 60,000 bottles still be in use? .Found 2 solutions by josmiceli, ankor@dixie-net.com:Answer by josmiceli(10616)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!The 1st part of the problem seems to say that 2/3 of the bottles are still in use after 1 year, but the formula seems to say that 1/2 of the bottles are still in use after 1 year. I'm stumped, too Answer by ankor@dixie-net.com(16523)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!310,000(1/2)^t = 60000 Divide both sides by 310000 = : = -.301t = -.713 t = t = +2.37 yrs : : Check on a calc: enter: 31000 * .5^2.37 = 59968 ~ 60000 : jos is right, when you get this contradiction resolved, you can use this method