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A colony of bacteria increases according to the law of unihabited growth.


a) If the number of bacteria doubles in 5 hours, find the function that gives the number of cells in the culture.
I have the answer to this one. It is N=No e ln2/5 (t)

b) If there are 10,000 cells initially, how long will it take for there to be 25,000?

This is the part I do not know how to do. Would I just pug ib 10,000 and 25,000 in the equation that I got for part a?

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  1. Your equation should have been
    N = N0 e^((ln2/5)t) , where t is in hours

    another version could have been
    N = N0 (2)^(t/5) , where t is hours

    b) 25000 = 10000 e^((ln2/5)t)
    2.5 = e^((ln2/5)t)
    (ln2/5)t = ln2.5
    t = 5ln2.5/ln2 = 6.61 hours

    using the other form of the equation
    2.5 = 2^(t/5)
    ln 2.5 = (t/5) ln2
    t/5 = ln2.5/ln2
    t = 5ln2.5/ln2 = 6.61

    notice I ended up with the same final calculation.

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  2. Thank You

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