Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH102/December 2013/Question C 02 (c)
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Question C 02 (c) 

The population of fish in a particular lake is given by the function F(t) where F is measured in number of fish and t is measured in days. A company that manages fish stocks is hired to restock the lake, adding fish at a constant rate. Only N fishers are allowed to fish in the lake at a time. A simple model for this scenario is given by the equation:
Where I and are constant and two cases for N are considered. Case 1: Suppose N is a constant. What is the steady state number of fish in the lake? If the lake has no fish in it initially, at what time does the population size reach half its steady state value ? (You do not have to show a derivation of the solution F(t) of the equation for full points  simply stating it is sufficient  but you must show the rest of the calculation.) 
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Hint 1 

In the steady state of an ordinary differential equation, the derivative equals . Hence, solve the equation for . 
Hint 2 

The solution of the equation is

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Solution 

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for and obtain
In order to find , where , we set
and use that to find
Now we solve for 