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7.2 Exponential Patterns

7.2 Exponential Patterns
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    In Example 2, keep in mind that the populations shown in the graph are estimates and may differ slightly from populations listed by other sources.

    In the solution to Example 2, note that the ratios are all approximately equal to 1.40. Recall from Section 1.3 that you can use a percent to represent change. So, you can write 1.40 as 140% and say that the 4500 B.C. world population was 140% of the 5000 B.C. world population. Or, you can say that the world population increased by 40%. In general, you can say that the world population was increasing by about 40% every 500 years from 5000 B.C. through 1500 A.D.

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  • Checkpoint Solution

    No, if the population had followed the pattern, there would have been about million people in the world. Instead the population increased by over 1300% to about 6.07 billion. The agricultural and industrial revolutions of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries caused life expectancy to increase dramatically. Improvements in health care from the 19th century through modern times have caused continued increases in life expectancy. These increases caused the population to grow much faster than predicted by the exponential pattern it followed up to 1500.

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    Guest   1 decade ago |
    Remember that all data for estimates for world population during ancient times are estimates. The staggering point of this example, however, is that the population of Earth has grown at a modest rate until the last few hundred years, when the rate has increased dramatically. I (and many others) consider overpopulation the single biggest problem that the world is facing today.