# Homework Help: Rate of change of fish population.

1. Jul 18, 2011

### 1irishman

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

The population of a species of fish is given by the equation below. Where t is time in years. What is the rate of change of the fish population after 5 years?

2. Relevant equations

P(t)= 1.2 x 10^8(1+0.02t)^ -2 where t is time in years

3. The attempt at a solution

Before i go further i just want to know if i am setting it up right from the beginning, here is how i started:

P'(t) = 1.2x10^8(1/sqrt of 1+0.02t)
= 1.2x10^8/sqrt of 1+0.02t

2. Jul 18, 2011

### tiny-tim

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3. Jul 18, 2011

### 1irishman

that big sci fi constant in front of the brackets messes me up when i try to use the chain rule for some reason, did i do this right to start?
(-2)(1.2x10^8)(1+0.02t)^-3(0.02)

4. Jul 18, 2011

### tiny-tim

(-2)(1.2x108)(1+0.02t)-3(0.02) ?

yes, that's correct

5. Jul 18, 2011

### 1irishman

okay, i think i might be doing the order wrong though from here, here is what i got next:

P'(t) = -2.4x10^8(0.02)(1+0.02t)^-3
= -4.8x10^6(1+0.02t)^-3 this doesn't look right to me somehow?

6. Jul 18, 2011

### tiny-tim

why??

7. Jul 18, 2011

### 1irishman

Actually, i take that back as it appears when i plug the 5 years into the expression it works out to be the correct answer. so thank you all is well.