Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH 180/December 2017/Question 10 (a)
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Question 10 (a) 

The differential equation where , describes the rate of change of a population over time, subject to environmental constraints and the threat of extinction.
(a) Sketch a large graph of as a function of . You do not have to justify your sketch using derivatives. 
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Hint 1 

We have a cubic polynomial. What are the intercepts? 
Hint 2 

For very large (larger than ), is positive or negative? 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Let us work out the important features of the graph as indicated by the hints. From the factorized right hand side of the equation, we see that exactly when , or , that is, when , or . Observe also that for , we have , , and . This implies that for all large . We gather the above information in the following graph. Answer: Please see the figure. 