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Question 07 (c)

Cholera is a disease that can spread through untreated sewage polluting the drinking water supply. Let be the fraction of people in a population who have the disease at time t. Assume that in a certain city, the fraction of people who have the disease increases at a rate proportional to the fraction of people who do not yet have the disease. (We will use as the constant of proportionality).

(c) Use one clear sentence and a simple sketch to explain what happens to the fraction of infected individuals as time goes by.

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