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Help with Logistic growth problem

  1. Jan 27, 2014 #1
    Hi all, I've got this logistic growth problem that I'm unsure of on how to start. I've read though the text book but it's just not clicking for me; I missed a day of class and don't have a chance to go to office hours, so any help would be much appreciated.

    I've been given a set of values: time, population, and change in population.

    The values are as follows, with each value correlation to each time value of course:

    T=0.0, P=2.0, dP/dt=0.11
    T=37.71, P=14.0, dP/dt=0.62
    T=45.05, P=19.0, dP/dt=0.74
    T=57.45, P=29.0, dP/dt=0.84

    I've been asked to predict population, P at T=10.

    A point in the right direction would be great, thanks.
     
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  3. Jan 27, 2014 #2

    haruspex

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  4. Jan 28, 2014 #3

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    Probably you can do this looking at and playing with the numbers but I think it is not a good idea to do it without drawing three graphs.
     
  5. Jan 28, 2014 #4

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    The differential equation, you will find, has dP/dt as a quadratic function of P. Since you have data values for P and dP/dt, you can use standard curve fitting (least squares) to find the coefficients (http://www.personal.psu.edu/jhm/f90/lectures/lsq2.html). You can then plug those into the solution of the differential equation to find P as a function of t.
     
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