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Question 07 (c) 

The probability that a newly divided cell will divide again before t hours (where t ≥ 0) is given by (c) What is the median division time? 
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Hint 

There is a direct relation between the median and the cumulative function. 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. The median is defined as Since is given we can easily calculate that
Taking the logarithm on both sides yields the final answer Note: From the class notes you may remember that the median waiting time is given by . When we rewrite we observe that , see also part (a). Hence our calculated answer agrees with the answer we expected. 