Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH102/December 2017/Question 16
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Suppose the line of best fit through the points
has slope and passes through .
We want a function of the form approximating the data
Find the values of and that fit the data best. (Your answers should be numbers.)
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Take logarithms on both side of the exponential relation.
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Suppose is the curve of best fit for . Taking the logarithm, we have that
is the curve of best fit for .
Since the line of best fit through the points has slope and passes through , we know that