
The formula for the logistic growth rate is
where r_{0} is the intrinsic growth rate in decimal form.
The population of squirrels in a forest is growing logistically. The intrinsic growth rate is 40% per year, and the maximum sustainable population is 5000. Find the rate at which the population is growing when the population reaches each size.
 100
 2000
 4500


When the population is 100 squirrels, the rate at which the population is growing is

When the population is 2000 squirrels, the rate at which the population is growing is

When the population is 4500 squirrels, the rate at which the population is growing is

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When posting a comment, you agree to our Terms of Use.Showing 2 commentsCody (moderator)7 years ago Thank you for letting me know. I will make sure that the formula is corrected.0 0Guest 7 years ago The formula given on page 321in the book is incorrect. The "1" should be inside the parenthesis.0 0 
The formula for the logistic growth rate is
where r_{0} is the intrinsic growth rate in decimal form.
The population of raccoons in a forest is growing logistically. The intrinsic growth rate is 50% per year, and the maximum sustainable population is 2000. Find the rate at which the population is growing when the population reaches each size.
 200
 1000
 1800
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The formula for the logistic growth rate is
where r_{0} is the intrinsic growth rate in decimal form.
What is the growth rate when a population is at the maximum sustainable population? Explain.

When a population reaches its maximum sustainable population, the growth rate is
This makes sense because if a population is at its maximum, it can't grow any larger.
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The formula for the logistic growth rate is
where r_{0} is the intrinsic growth rate in decimal form.
Describe the growth rate when a population exceeds the maximum sustainable population. Explain what this represents in nature.
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A population undergoes superexponential growth when the growth rate increases exponentially over time.
A population of 100 locusts is introduced to a new area. The initial growth rate is 50% per year. Make a table comparing the population of the locusts over a 10year period when the growth rate remains constant (exponential) and when the growth rate increases by 20% each year (superexponential). Then make a scatter plot comparing the two data sets.

The two population growth patterns are shown in the spreadsheet.
Notice that there is no comparison in the two populations. With exponential growth, the population is about 6000 locusts after 10 years. But, with superexponential growth, the population exceeds 270,000 million after 10 years.
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A population undergoes superexponential growth when the growth rate increases exponentially over time.
A population of 50 frogs is introduced to a new area. The initial growth rate is 60% per year. Make a table comparing the population of the frogs over a 10year period when the growth rate remains constant (exponential) and when the growth rate increases by 10% each year (superexponential). Then make a scatter plot comparing the two data sets.
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A single lily pad lies on the surface of a pond. Each day the number of lily pads doubles until the entire pond is covered on day 30. On what day is the pond halfcovered?

Because the number of lily pads is doubling every day, the pond is half covered on day 29. The spreadsheet shows the percent of the pond that is covered each day.
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A mutant strain of water plant covers 100 square feet of the surface of a lake. The lake has a surface area of about 1,000,000 square feet. The surface area covered by the plant increases by 200% each day. You can clear 5000 square feet of plant cover in 1 day. During what day do you have to begin clearing the plant cover to stop the plant from spreading across the entire lake?
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