PERFECTLY PERILOUS MATHDEFEAT THE VAMPIRES
one except your best friend, Jamie, who happens to be an expert on vampires. He lls you in on all the basics: Vampires only come out at night, and they only feed 2 times a month. Feeding means suckingthe blood of a human, and after they’re through, thatperson becomes a vampire, too.“But where did this vampire come from?” you askJamie, “and how come he only eats cats?”“Probably was hibernating for a few centuries,”Jamie explains. “Sometimes they do that. They’re ina crypt somewhere, and then one day they just wakeup. As for why he eats cats—they’re just an appetizer.Believe me, when the next full moon occurs, he’ll be looking for human blood. The good news is thatthere’s only one vampire in town. How much harmcould a single vampire do?”“A lot!” you answer. “There are 500,000 people livingin this town, right? That means, unless we nd andkill the vampire before the next full moon, in 1 yearour town will be completely taken over by vampires!”Jamie doesn’t believe you, so you have to prove it tohim.
How many months until the town is entirely pop-ulated by vampires?
Remember the power o 2! Things can get out o controlpretty quickly when numbers continue to double. Onceyou fgure out the pattern in which the vampires are increasing, creating an algebraic linear equation may be helpul. You’ll need to assign twovariables, one to represent the current number o vampires (a value youknow), and another to represent the new number o vampires (the valueyou’re solving or). Then, set up a table, or chart, to organize your data.Write down everything you know:
There is currently only 1 vampire in town.
There are 500,000 people who live in town.
Every month, 1 vampire feeds on 2 humans,turning both of them into vampires.