Population growth using ODE's

  1. 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Consider a population whose number we denote by [tex] P [/tex] . Suppose that [tex]b[/tex] is the average number of births per capita per year and[tex]d[/tex] is the average number of deaths per capita per year. Then the rate of change of the population is given by the following differential equation,

    [tex]dP/dt = bP-dP [/tex] where t is in years

    [tex]d = 4 + P/200, b = 9 and P(0) = 200[/tex]

    solve for [tex]P(t)[/tex]
    (Hint: you might find the partial fraction in part (c) useful in determining your solution.)
    2. Relevant equations

    part (c) being:

    [tex] 200/P(1000-P) = A/P + B/1000-P [/tex]
    A=1/5, B=1/5

    3. The attempt at a solution
    [tex]dP/dt = 9P-(4+P/200)[/tex]
    [tex]dP/dt = 9P-4-P/200 [/tex]

    im thinking the partial fraction comes somewhere in between my 3rd and 4th line but i cant seem to think what factor and exactly where....
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  3. Cyosis

    Cyosis 1,495
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    From your data [itex] bP-dP=9P-(4+P/200)P[/itex]. You're missing that last P in your attempt.
  4. youre right, going from there

    inversing i get
    is from A=1/5, B=1/5 using partial fractions

    im confused on what to do with [tex]200/dt[/tex]
    how do you integrate that?
    is [tex]1/5lnP+ 1/5 ln 5-5P[/tex] ?
  5. Cyosis

    Cyosis 1,495
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    You may want to use parenthesis to make it readable.

    You have a differential equation of the form dt/dP=f(P) in equation line (6) therefore f(P)dP=dt and not 1/dt.

    Integrate by using a substitution for the second fraction.
  6. basically the equation becomes
    [tex]\int (1/5) (1/P + 1/1000-P) = \int 200dt [/tex]
    or you cant take the common factor of 1/5?
    and how do you use parenthesis, still kind of new to these forums
  7. Cyosis

    Cyosis 1,495
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    Yes you can take the factor 1/5 out. Parenthesis are (). For example 1/1000-P as you've written it down is 0.001-P, but you mean [itex]1/(1000-P)=\frac{1}{1000-P}[/itex]. Where does the 200 come from? The rest looks good.
  8. doesnt the 200 come from


    then i inversed

    [tex]dt/dP = 200/(P(1000-P))[/tex]

    and how do you make it so that it looks like a fraction? which tool was that
  9. Cyosis

    Cyosis 1,495
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    To create a fraction a/b you can write \frac{a}{b}.

    You have the equation [itex]\frac{dt}{dP}=\frac{1}{5P}+\frac{1}{5000-5P}[/itex]. There is no 200 in there.
  10. ohhhhhh right i forgot i turned [itex] \frac{200}{P(1000-P)} [/itex]
    into [itex] \frac{1}{5P}+\frac{1}{5000-5P} [/itex]
    so its possible to do
    [itex] \frac{1}{5} \int \frac{1}{P} + \frac{1}{1000-P} [/itex] ?
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2010
  11. Cyosis

    Cyosis 1,495
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    Don't forget to put [tex] or [itex] brackets around your code. Yes you can now do the integral through a substitution.
  12. cant i just do

    [itex] \frac{1}{5} \int \frac{1}{P} + \frac{1}{5} \int \frac{1}{1000-P} [/itex]

    turning into:
    [itex] \frac{1}{5} lnP + \frac{1}{5} ln(1000-P) [/itex]

    forgetting my basics...
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2010
  13. Cyosis

    Cyosis 1,495
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    What you have written down now is no longer readable. Put \ in front of all your fractions. Anyhow you can check your answer by taking the derivative of your answer. Do it and you will see one term is correct and one is not.
  14. ok it seems the term

    [itex] \int \frac{1}{1000-P} [/itex]

    is giving me trouble, what would be the substitution
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2010
  15. Cyosis

    Cyosis 1,495
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    Can you please fix your latex code before proceeding with making a new post. Post 9,11 and 13 need fixing. What kind of substitution do you think would help?
  16. letting u = 1000-P
    du = -1?
    so confused
  17. Cyosis

    Cyosis 1,495
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    Looking good now. Don't forget the dP in your integration though. The substitution u=1000-P is the correct one. However what is du=-1.... (something is missing here)?
  18. i have totally forgot how to do integration using substitution,
    you mean du=-1dP
    will have to read up on it...
  19. Cyosis

    Cyosis 1,495
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    Yes that is correct. Now replace all Ps and dPs in your original integral with u and du.
  20. does the equation become
    just for the subtitution

    [itex] \frac{-1}{ln(1000-P)} [/itex]
  21. Cyosis

    Cyosis 1,495
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    No. It appears that you do not know how to integrate by substitution. Looking at the problem you have presented you ought to have followed a course at some point that taught you how to do it. I suggest reviewing the basics of integration before continuing with this problem.
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