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exponential word problem

Postby sully039 on Wed Jul 27, 2011 3:32 pm

The Mckinney family has a pond in their yard with water lillies. The area of the lilies' leaves cover twice as much of the pond as they did 35 days ago. The leaves will completely cover the pond in 80 days if they continue to grow unchecked. The McKinneys want to cut back the lilies when they have covered at most half the area of the pond. When is this growth expected to happen?

I don't really understand how to set up this problem. :confused: Could someone help?
Btw the answer is 45 days. I just don't know how they got this lol
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Re: exponential word problem

Postby little_dragon on Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:02 pm

sully039 wrote:The area of the lilies' leaves cover twice as much of the pond as they did 35 days ago.

so wats the half-life?

sully039 wrote:The leaves will completely cover the pond in 80 days

go backwrds from the half-life to get when half is covered
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Re: exponential word problem

Postby sully039 on Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:53 pm

So you mean to use the half life equation like this? :y=c(1/2)35/h
2c=c(1/2)35/h
But when I do this, half life is equal to -35...
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Re: exponential word problem  TOPIC_SOLVED

Postby little_dragon on Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:13 pm

sully039 wrote:So you mean to use the half life equation like this? :y=c(1/2)35/h
2c=c(1/2)35/h

no
wats the half-life in days?
U double going forward & half going backwards
starting @ 80 days (full) when do U have half full?
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