Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH103/April 2014/Question 05 (a)
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Question 05 (a) 

A mutation occurs within a bacterial species that allows it to acquire antibiotic resistance. Through natural selection the abundance of the mutant trait increases in the population. Let be the fraction (i. e. ) of the population, which carries the antibiotic resistance trait. Suppose satisfies the following differential equation:
where is time (years). Determine all steady state solutions (or stationary solutions or equilibria) of the differential equation. Work must be shown for full marks. Simplify fully. 
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A steady state solution satisfies . 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. A steady state solution is a solution of the differential equation, in this case , such that . Putting together the righthand sides of these two equations yields . Thus, . 