Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH102/December 2012/Question C 04 (c)
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Question C 04 (c) 

Dead leaves accumulate on the ground in a forest at a rate of 5 grams per square centimeter per year. At the same time, these leaves decompose at a continuous rate of 50 percent per year. (c) Sketch the graph of the solution to your differential equation showing that the mass of dead leaves tends toward a steady state assuming that initially (t = 0) there are no leaves on the ground. 
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Hint 

Draw the phase space to see the slopes of the solution. Then draw the solution by starting at and following the slopes until you reach the equilibrium. 
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Solution  

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. We want to sketch the solution without solving the equation. Hence, we draw the phase space for (the number of leaves) and (the daily rate of change of leaves). Therefore, we first make a table with and the corresponding .
