BMAD Posted September 8, 2017 Report Share Posted September 8, 2017 A town's population of size x doubled after 30 years (2x). How long ago was this population 1/2x? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

0 araver Posted September 9, 2017 Report Share Posted September 9, 2017 Spoiler If the population growth is susceptible to be modelled as exponential growth with a constant rate of growth then the answer is 30 years ago, as the doubling time is constant. Or as an example would show it visually. Growth Rate 2.33739% X 100.0000 X 100.0000 X+1 102.3374 X-1 97.7160 X+2 104.7294 X-2 95.4842 X+3 107.1773 X-3 93.3033 X+4 109.6825 X-4 91.1722 X+5 112.2462 X-5 89.0899 X+6 114.8698 X-6 87.0551 X+7 117.5548 X-7 85.0667 X+8 120.3025 X-8 83.1238 X+9 123.1144 X-9 81.2252 X+10 125.9921 X-10 79.3700 X+11 128.9370 X-11 77.5572 X+12 131.9508 X-12 75.7858 X+13 135.0350 X-13 74.0549 X+14 138.1913 X-14 72.3635 X+15 141.4214 X-15 70.7107 X+16 144.7269 X-16 69.0956 X+17 148.1098 X-17 67.5175 X+18 151.5717 X-18 65.9754 X+19 155.1145 X-19 64.4685 X+20 158.7401 X-20 62.9960 X+21 162.4505 X-21 61.5572 X+22 166.2476 X-22 60.1512 X+23 170.1334 X-23 58.7774 X+24 174.1101 X-24 57.4349 X+25 178.1798 X-25 56.1231 X+26 182.3445 X-26 54.8412 X+27 186.6066 X-27 53.5887 X+28 190.9683 X-28 52.3647 X+29 195.4320 X-29 51.1687 X+30 200.0000 X-30 50.0000 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

0 bonanova Posted September 11, 2017 Report Share Posted September 11, 2017 Spoiler If we can infer (OP does not say so, but ...) the town's population doubles every 30 years, then it had population (1/2) x 30 years before it had population x. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

0 plainglazed Posted September 11, 2017 Report Share Posted September 11, 2017 Spoiler Sixty years. Perhaps splitting hairs but I'm a word guy. The OP states that the town's population has already "doubled" (past tense). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

0 BMAD Posted September 11, 2017 Author Report Share Posted September 11, 2017 1 hour ago, plainglazed said: Hide contents Sixty years. Perhaps splitting hairs but I'm a word guy. The OP states that the town's population has already "doubled" (past tense). I intended your interpretation but came up with a much different answer than the ones reported On 9/9/2017 at 1:55 PM, araver said: Hide contents If the population growth is susceptible to be modelled as exponential growth with a constant rate of growth then the answer is 30 years ago, as the doubling time is constant. Or as an example would show it visually. Growth Rate 2.33739% X 100.0000 X 100.0000 X+1 102.3374 X-1 97.7160 X+2 104.7294 X-2 95.4842 X+3 107.1773 X-3 93.3033 X+4 109.6825 X-4 91.1722 X+5 112.2462 X-5 89.0899 X+6 114.8698 X-6 87.0551 X+7 117.5548 X-7 85.0667 X+8 120.3025 X-8 83.1238 X+9 123.1144 X-9 81.2252 X+10 125.9921 X-10 79.3700 X+11 128.9370 X-11 77.5572 X+12 131.9508 X-12 75.7858 X+13 135.0350 X-13 74.0549 X+14 138.1913 X-14 72.3635 X+15 141.4214 X-15 70.7107 X+16 144.7269 X-16 69.0956 X+17 148.1098 X-17 67.5175 X+18 151.5717 X-18 65.9754 X+19 155.1145 X-19 64.4685 X+20 158.7401 X-20 62.9960 X+21 162.4505 X-21 61.5572 X+22 166.2476 X-22 60.1512 X+23 170.1334 X-23 58.7774 X+24 174.1101 X-24 57.4349 X+25 178.1798 X-25 56.1231 X+26 182.3445 X-26 54.8412 X+27 186.6066 X-27 53.5887 X+28 190.9683 X-28 52.3647 X+29 195.4320 X-29 51.1687 X+30 200.0000 X-30 50.0000 forgive my lack of parenthesis what I meant for the problem is 1/(2x) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

0 Buddyboy3000 Posted September 11, 2017 Report Share Posted September 11, 2017 I think I got what the answer is, now that we know it is 1/(2x). Spoiler Since x is in the denominator, the answer will depend on what x is. This means the answer I got was an equation. If y is the amount of years ago, then the answer is: y=(-30 log(2x^2))/log(2) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

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