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Question A 01 

Suppose that you have conducted an experiment resulting in the data plotted below. The following functions depend on a parameter . Which function would you use to fit the data points above? (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) 
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Hint 

Observe that and . Also, consider the concavity of the function. 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. From the graph, we can easily see that and . Furthermore, the function is concave up on and concave down on . Using this information, (i) can't be the answer because of . On the other hand, (iv) is also not the answer because . ( in general) Finally, we exclude (ii), which follows from for any .
