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Constructing exponential models: percent change

Sal models a population of narwhals using an exponential function.

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  • starky ultimate style avatar for user ⚜
    On the Next Exercise called "Construct Exponential Models" I am not able to make the fraction t/etc because the machine stops showing it as an exponent and it messes with the equation
    example: 64*0.8^t/1.5 but the fraction in the exponent does this
    64*(0.8^t)/1.5
    How do I fix this?
    Please Help
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  • marcimus purple style avatar for user Peanut Oil
    Are there any lessons on rewriting these functions so they are simplified to y=ab^x? My teacher does not accept an answer written as, for example, y=40(8)^t/3. Such a function would have to simplified to y=40(2)^t. If there were some lessons or practice exercises on the topic of rewriting functions, I would find that extremely hepful.
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    • male robot hal style avatar for user Raymond
      There probably aren't any videos on rewriting functions in the sense you mean. What you mean is just simplifying your answer, and that depends on your teacher's requirements. If you're required to simplify to ab^x, there isn't a way for one video to teach that because it overlaps with other topics.

      Do you understand how 40(8)^t/3 was simplified into 40(2)^t?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Shoaib Khan
    how can I know when the population of narwhals will be 0, I imagine the solution to be (0.944)^m/2.8 = 0

    i.e ((0.944)^1/2.8)^m = 0
    = log base((0.944)^1/2.8)(0) = number of months for narwhals to be extinct,but I dont understand how this gives me undefined.
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  • piceratops sapling style avatar for user Aly Long
    I have a question about the "Practice: Construct Exponential models" exercise. A certain population will be decreasing by a fractional amount every so many months. Sometimes the common ratio is the original fraction. Other times you subtract the fraction from one and use the remaining amount as the common ratio. How can I tell when and when not to use the original fraction as the common ratio?

    Thank you!
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  • purple pi purple style avatar for user hyoumans
    i can enter an exponent using the on screen display, but I'm having problem entering a fractional exponent like 2.8/t. when I use the division slash or the two boxes on the display it creates a division for the entire expression. i cannot continue with the exercises until i know how to do this.
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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user Sha'Mauri
    How do I do the part where he converted the percentages?
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    • starky sapling style avatar for user Joseph SR
      If you mean converting percentages to decimals, all you have to do is take the percent your given and add a decimal point!
      example,
      98% = 0.98
      2% = 0.02
      75.46% = 0.7546
      Was that what you were wondering? If not, give me a timestamp of at which part of the video you're confused about!
      Hope this helped! :D
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  • blobby green style avatar for user jhunt
    Why doesn't this formula follow the geometric sequence formula Tn = ar^n-1? It does except for subtracting one from the exponent.
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  • cacteye green style avatar for user Eric Allen Conner
    Is the main difference between an exponential model and a geometric series the rational exponent?
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  • piceratops sapling style avatar for user Eliza
    Since fractional exponents mean that you take the root of the number, why are we taking that root of the base, based on the time (months/days/etc)? In this example, why are we taking the (2.8 root) of 89000?
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Video transcript

- [Voiceover] Chepi is an ecologist who studies the change in the narwhal population of the Arctic ocean over time. She observed that the population population loses 5.6% of its size every 2.8 months. The population of narwhals can be modeled by a function, N, which depends on the amount of time, t in months. When Chepi began the study, she observed that there were 89,000 narwhals in the Arctic ocean. Write a function that models the population of narwhals t months since the beginning of Chepi's study. Like always, pause the video and see if you can do it on your own before we work through it together. So let's now work through it together. To get my essence of what this function is to do, it's always valuable to see, to create a table for some interesting inputs for the function and seeing how the function should behave. So first of all, if t is in months and N of t is, in N is the, that models, N is the number of narwhals, the narwhals. So what, when T is equal to zero, what is N of zero? Well, we know a T equals zero. There are 89,000 narwhals in the ocean. So 89,000. And now, what's another interesting one? Well, T is in months and we know that the population decreases 5.6% every 2.8 months. So let's think about when T is 2.8, 2.8 months. Well then the population, it should have gone down 5.6%. So going down 5.6% is the same thing as retaining. What's one minus 5.6%? Retaining 94.4%. I'll be clear. 100%, if you lose 5.6%, you are going to be left with 94.4%. The 0.6 plus 0.4 gets you a 95 plus another five is 100. So another way of saying, this sentence, that the population loses 5.6% of its size every 2.8 months is to say that the population is 94%, 94.4% of its size every 2.8 months or shrinks to 94.4% of its original size every, or let me phrase this clearly. After every 2.8 months, the population, you can either say it shrinks 5.6% or you could say it has, it's gone from, it's 94.4% of the population at the beginning of those 2.8 months. So after 2.8 months, the population should be 89,000 times, I could write times 94.4% or I could write times 0.944. Now, if we go another 2.8 months, so two times 2.8. I have to say you could just write that as, I could write that as 5.6 months but let me just write this is 2.8 months. Where are we gonna be? We're gonna be 89,000 times 0.944. This is where we were before at the beginning of this period. Now, we're gonna be 94.4% of that. So we're gonna multiply by 94.4% again or 0.944 again or we can just say times 0.944 squared. And after three of these periods, well, we're gonna be times 0.944 again. So it's gonna be 89,000 times 0.944 squared times 0.944 which is gonna be 0.944 to the third power. And I think you might see what's going on here. We have an exponential function. Between every 2.8 months, we are multiplying by this common ratio of 0.944. And so we could write our function N of t. Our initial value is 89,000 times 0.944 to the power of, however, many of these 2.8 month period we've gone so far. So if we take the number of months and we divide by 2.8, that's how many 2.8 month period we have gotten gone. And so notice, when t equals zero, all of this turns into one, erasing the zero part, that becomes one. You have 89,000. When t is equal to 2.8, this exponent is one. Now we're gonna multiply by 0.944 once. When t is 5.6, the exponent is going to be two. Now we're gonna multiply by 0.944 twice. And I'm just doing the values that make the exponent integers but it's going to work for the ones in between. I encourage you to graph it or to try those values in a calculator if you like. But there you have it, we're done. We have modeled our narwhals. So let me just underline that and we're done.