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Derermine the rate of growth?

  1. Oct 7, 2011 #1
    Determine the rate of growth in the population of ants for each of the ten days:
    Day 0 - 65 ants
    Day 1 - 72 ants
    Day 2 - 79 ants
    Day 3 - 87 ants
    Day 4 - 95 ants
    Day 5 - 104 ants
    Day 6 - 114 ants
    Day 7 - 123 ants
    Day 8 - 134 ants
    Day 9 - 146 ants
    Day 10 - 161 ants


    I believe to solve this you need to use the equation P=PoR^(t/h) where:
    P = population
    Po = original population
    R = rate of growth
    t = time
    h = time it takes for R to occur.

    I've tried using the aforementioned formula, but can't determine what "h" would be? And surely the time would be the number of the day?
     
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2011
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  3. Oct 7, 2011 #2
    What have you tried? You need to show some work before anyone can help you.
     
  4. Oct 7, 2011 #3
    I think they just want you to calculate how many new ants were produced between Day n and Day n+1 for each of the 11 days.
     
  5. Oct 7, 2011 #4

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    As a quick approximation suggestion, the population about doubles in 8 days.
     
  6. Oct 7, 2011 #5

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    The question asks for ten different values, each corresponding to the count identifying the day number.
     
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