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Question A 06 

The slope field shown below corresponds to which differential equation? (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) 
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Hint 1 

How can looking for the equilibrium solutions help to find where ? 
Hint 2 

Plugging in the values for a certain point on the slope field may yield some insight. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. We note that and appear to be equilibrium solutions, since the slope field is zero at these values. Thus and are constant solutions to the differential equation in question, i.e., . By the zero product property, it follows that contains the factors . Therefore we eliminate (A), (D), and (E). We now choose a point, say . The slope field is clearly decreasing at that point and so . Plugging into both (B) and (C) only yields a negative value with . 