Exponential growth
A=pe^kt
A biologist is studying new bacteria. She places 250 bacteria in a petri-dish, that has a growth of 10.5, how many hours will it take for the bacteria to reach 2,000?
Exponential growth
A=pe^kt
A biologist is studying new bacteria. She places 250 bacteria in a petri-dish, that has a growth of 10.5, how many hours will it take for the bacteria to reach 2,000?
Hello Miranda,
A=pe^kt
=> ln(A) = ln(pe^kt) 'ln' is natural logarithm, logarithm function to the base 'e' [log_{e}]
= ln(p) + ln(e^kt) log (xy) = log(x) + log(y)
= ln(p) + kt log_{e}(e^{n}) = n log_{e}(e) ; log_{e}(e) = 1
=> t = [ln(A) - ln(P)]/k
Now you are given values of P, A and k. Plug them in to get t.
Note: Look into the units of your problem. You are asked to find time in hours. The units of your answer depend on the units of 'k'. If k has different time units, convert your answer to hours.
Good Luck !