(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

I'm working a problem that involves a predator-prey relationship scenario. There will be a total of 600 "steps" and I need to calculate the population count for each step.

At this point, I'm just trying to calculate the prey population count for step one.

It's been a long time since I had much math practice and I am confused/frustrated.

a = 0.165

b = 0.0006

x = 250 (prey count)

y = 10

2. Relevant equations

dx/dt = ax - bxy

3. The attempt at a solution

My attempt was to just plug in numbers for the right hand side of the equation, like so:

dx/dt = (0.165 * 250) - (0.0006 * 250 * 10). I came up with 39.75, but considering the count started at 250, 39.75 seems very wrong.

I believe dx/dt is change in population over change time, however I am not sure what to do with that part of the equation.

Any help would be appreciated.

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