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Exponential Growth Function - Population
This video explains how to determine an exponential growth function from given information. Then it explains how to determine when a certain population will be reached and when it will double. Exponential Growth Function - Bacterial Growth
This video explains how to determine an exponential growth function from given information. Then it explains how to determine when a certain population will be reached..



Exponential Decay : C4 Edexcel January 2013 Q8
A bottle of water is put into a refrigerator. The temperature inside the refrigerator remains constant at 3 °C and t minutes after the bottle is placed in the refrigerator the temperature of the water in the bottle is θ°C.
The rate of change of the temperature of the water in the bottle is modelled by the differential equation,
dθ/dt = (3-θ)/125
(a) By solving the differential equation, show that,
θ = e–0.008t + 3
where A is a constant.

Given that the temperature of the water in the bottle when it was put in the refrigerator was 16°C,
(b) find the time taken for the temperature of the water in the bottle to fall to 10°C, giving your answer to the nearest minute Exponential Growth / Population Growth Problem
In this video, we know that a population is growing exponentially; we also know there were 200 bacteria 3 days ago and 1000 bacteria yesterday. How many bacteria will be present tomorrow? Compound Interest & Exponential Growth

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