Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH110/December 2017/Question 08 (b) (ii)
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Question 08 (b) (ii) 

A second bacteria culture (containing a slow growing bacterium) has size bacteria at time (in days). (ii) At , is the culture’s growth rate increasing or decreasing? 
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Hint 

The growth rate is given by . To see it is increasing or decreasing, we need to find the rate of change of the growth rate, which is the second derivative. 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Following the Hint, we need to see whether or . We have seen in part (b)(i) that Differentiating again using the power rule, we have At time , we have Since , is decreasing at .
Answer: The culture’s growth rate at is . 