Excellent. So, if you use the template and you plug in for and , using the numbers you just gave me, what do you get?

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- November 5th 2010, 12:40 PMAckbeet
Excellent. So, if you use the template and you plug in for and , using the numbers you just gave me, what do you get?

- November 5th 2010, 12:43 PMlancelot854
or something like that, I'm never too sure.

- November 5th 2010, 12:48 PMAckbeet
Not quite. Compare these two equations with Post # 30:

This equation is exactly the same equation as

Now how can you get to look like the second equation in this post? - November 5th 2010, 12:52 PMlancelot854
- November 5th 2010, 12:54 PMAckbeet
That's it! Now you have two equations and two unknowns. That is, you must solve

for and How can you go about doing that? - November 5th 2010, 01:02 PMAckbeet
Hang on. I've been leading you down a path that's more complicated than it needs to be. The reason is that

I can define and I'm left with

Thus, mathematically, we don't gain any flexibility in constructing our function by having both n and r available.

Bottom line: change our initial function to this:

You now have only one equation to solve:

Did you follow all that? - November 5th 2010, 01:02 PMlancelot854
First we would divide by 1000 to get . Couldn't we set this up into log form?

EDIT: Posted this before I read the previous post. Yeah I understand what you did there. - November 5th 2010, 01:03 PMAckbeet
Check out Post # 36.

- November 5th 2010, 01:07 PMlancelot854
Yeah I understand post #36. Makes it much easier to follow.

- November 5th 2010, 01:08 PMAckbeet
So, what's b?

- November 5th 2010, 01:12 PMlancelot854
b = n^r

- November 5th 2010, 01:14 PMAckbeet
Right, but if you plug that into previous equations, you get the equation

That's one equation in one unknown. Solve for b. What do you get? - November 5th 2010, 01:18 PMlancelot854
2 = b^2

sqrt(2) = b - November 5th 2010, 01:20 PMAckbeet
Excellent. So the first colony's population, which we'll now call satisfies the equation

In order to solve the problem in the OP, you're going to need to repeat this process of finding the equation for the second colony's population. What do you get for that? - November 5th 2010, 01:27 PMlancelot854
P(t) = 3000(sqrt(3))^t