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7.2 Exponential Patterns

7.2 Exponential Patterns
  • Math Help

    Example 6 uses a very common mathematical term: probability. In the context of Example 6, probability is a number that represents the likelihood that the mother and baby fur seals locate each other. Note that the probabilities are between 0 and 1, including 0 and 1. Probabilities can be written as fractions, decimals or percents. You will study probability in greater detail in Chapter 8.

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  • Checkpoint Solution

    The pup's chance of survival decreases as the number of trips by the mother increases. Since there is a chance of failure on any given trip, there will be more chances for failure on multiple trips. For example, if the pup does nothing and the mother calls 17 times per minute, there will be about a 95% chance of success, but the chance of success on two trips drops to (0.95)(0.95) = 0.9025, or 90.25%. On three trips, the chance of success drops to (0.95)(0.95)(0.95) ≈ 0.857, or 85.7%, and so on.

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    Guest   1 decade ago |
    I think this is a fascinating example. Can you imagine the challenge to the mother seal of trying to find her baby in the mass of noisy animals?