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Problem 81 Hard Difficulty

Some populations initially grow exponentially but eventually level off. Equations of the form
$$ P(t) = \frac{M}{1 + Ae^{-kt}} $$
where $ M $, $ A $, and $ k $ are positive constants, are called logistic equations and are often used to model such populations. (We will investigate these in detail in Chapter 9.) Here $ M $ is called the carrying capacity and represents the maximum population size that can be supported, and $ A = \frac{M - P_0}{P_0} $, where $ P_0 $ is the initial population.
(a) Compute $ lim_{t\to \infty} P(t) $. Explain why your answer is to be expected.
(b) Compute $ lim_{M\to \infty} P(t) $. (Note that $ A $ is defined in terms of $ M $.) What kind of function is your result?


(a) $\lim _{t \rightarrow \infty} P(t)=\lim _{t \rightarrow \infty} \frac{M}{1+A e^{-k t}}=\frac{M}{1+A \cdot 0}=M$
It is to be expected that a population that is growing will eventually reach the maximum population size that can be
(b) $\lim _{M \rightarrow \infty} P(t)=\lim _{M \rightarrow \infty} \frac{M}{1+\frac{M-P_{0}}{P_{0}} e^{-k t}}=\lim _{M \rightarrow \infty} \frac{M}{1+\left(\frac{M}{P_{0}}-1\right) e^{-k t}} \stackrel{\underline{H}}{=} \lim _{M \rightarrow \infty} \frac{1}{\frac{1}{P_{0}} e^{-k t}}=P_{0} e^{k t}$
$P_{0} e^{k t}$ is an exponential function.


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Video Transcript

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