Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH102/December 2014/Question C 02 (d)
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Question C 02 (d) 

The graphs to the right show two functions,
where , and . Suppose that is the concentration of a substance involved in a chemical reaction and satisfies the equation Suppose that and are as given above. For what value of does the differential equation for have only two steady states? 
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Hint 1 

How to solve the steady state? When does a quadratic equation have only one solution? 
Hint 2 

In part a), we determine the value of the steady state by setting equals 0. 
Hint 3 

The quadratic equation has one solution when 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Same as in C2(a), to solve the steady states, we just need to solve the following equation Obviously is one of the steady states and other steady states are roots of the quadratic equation To get only two steady state, from the quadratic formula we need to have and in this case Thus with the given values of and we have To obtain positive steady state , we get 