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Homework Help: Geometric Progression Question

  1. Aug 25, 2009 #1
    Hi. Tried solving, but no idea how.

    At the end of 1995, the population of Ubris was 46650 and by the end of 2000 it had risen to 54200. On the assumption that the population at the end of each year form a g.p. find

    a) The population at the end of 2006, leaving your answer in 3 s.f.

    b) The year in which the population reaches 100000, correct to nearest integer.
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  3. Aug 25, 2009 #2


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    This equation will help you


    in 1995 n=0, in 2000 what does n=?

    you can solve now
  4. Aug 25, 2009 #3
    but how sure are you that 1995 is the starting year @_@ ?

    Well i got the answer correct with that eqn. But can you briefly explain why must i use n = 12 instead of n = 11 for question a ?
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  5. Aug 25, 2009 #4
    You can arbitrarily set the starting year; it will just be a shift. The GP will hold throughout. i.e. a could well be [tex]a = br^{k}[/tex], where b and k are constants. So the GP is simply just transformed to a higher 'starting point'
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  7. Aug 26, 2009 #6
    You must use n = 12 as at the starting year 1995, n = 1 since its the first term in the G.P. that has been defined.
  8. Aug 26, 2009 #7


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    There is nothing wrong with using n= 0 for 1995 and then, if you are using [itex]T_n= ar^{n-1}[/itex] your first equation is [itex]ar^{-1}= 46650[/itex]. Or use n= 1 so you have [itex]ar^0= a= 46650[/itex]. If you are using [itex]br^k[/itex], taking k= 0 for 1995 gives [itex]br^0= b= 46650[/itex] and k= 1 [itex]br^1= br= 46650[/itex]. You just get different values of a or b, and r. But where did you get "n= 12"? It is only 5 years from "the end of 1995" to "the end of 2000". If your are taking 1995 to be n= 0, 2000 will be n= 5. If you are taking 1995 to be n= 1, 2000 will be n= 6.
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