Differential Equations - Population Dynamics

by hawks32
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hawks32 is offline
Jul26-09, 02:29 PM
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1. The problem statement
The DE governing a fish pop. P(t) with harvesting proportional to the population is given by:
where b>0 is birthrate, kP is deathrate, where k>0, and h is the harvesting rate. Model assumes that the death rate per individual is proportional to the pop. size. An equilibrium point for the DE is a value of P so that P'(t)=0.

Find general solution of the DE, when..
a) h>b
b) h=b
c) h<b

3. The attempt at a solution
I'm having problems figuring out how to set up parts a) and c). I'm horrible at DE, so if any one could help point me in the right direction, it would be greatly appreciated.
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rock.freak667 is offline
Jul26-09, 03:09 PM
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P'(t)= (b-h)P-kP2

P'(t)= ((b-h)-kP)P

P'(t)= dP/dt

so put it in the form

f(P) dP= f(t) dt

then integrate both sides.
hawks32 is offline
Jul26-09, 04:22 PM
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okay, i worked the integral of dp/dt = ((b-h)-kP)P out as...

1/(b-h) * ln(p/b-h-kP) + C = t

is that correct?

djeitnstine is offline
Jul26-09, 04:28 PM
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Differential Equations - Population Dynamics

Umm you have a [tex]P^2[/tex] in there. You should try partial fractions.
hawks32 is offline
Jul26-09, 05:38 PM
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I did use partial fractions.

1/((b-h)-kP)P dp Let a = b-h

integral of 1/(a-kP)P = integral of A/a-kP + B/P

Solved for A & B, A = k/a, B = 1/a

So integral (k/a)/(a-kP) + (1/a)/p

end up with -(1/a)ln(a-kP) + (1/a)lnP
==> 1/a ln(P/(a-kP)) + C

sub back a = b-h

1/(b-h) * ln(p/(b-h-kP)) + C

Did I do something wrong?

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