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Question 08 (b) (i) 

A second bacteria culture (containing a slow growing bacterium) has size bacteria at time (in days). (i) How fast is the culture growing (in bacteria per day) 1 day after the culture was first established? 
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Hint 

The rate of growth is the derivative of the size. So we need to find . 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. By the Hint, we need to find . First we differentiate . Instead of using the quotient rule, we can actually rewrite It is easier to use this form than to differentiate directly using the quotient rule. Indeed, using the power rule (note that ), we have When , So the rate of growth is .
Answer: the rate of growth of the culture is . 