Applications of Exponential Functions II
A population of fruit flies increases fivefold every 6 days.a) How many times as great is the population after 3 days? 20 days?b)
How long does it take for the population to double? What other equation could be used tomodel this population growth?2.
The Richter scale is used for measuring the intensities of earthquakes. On the Richter scale, eachincrease of 1 unit of magnitude represents a tenfold increase in magnitude. For example, in 1976,an earthquake in Italy has a magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter scale. In the same year, an earthquakein Guatemala registered 7.5. This means that the Guatemalan earthquake was ____ times asintense as the one in Italy.The Olympia, Washington earthquake on February 28, 2001 was magnitude 6.8. Recentearthquakes off of the coast of Vancouver Island were magnitude 4.a) Write an equation that could be used to work with the Richter scale. What does thisinformation mean in terms of a graph?b)
How many times more powerful is a magnitude 6.8 earthquake than one that is amagnitude 4?c)
Calculate the magnitude of an earthquake that is twice as intense as the Olympia,Washington one.