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POPULATION TRENDS IN CHINA SL TYPE II

Aim: In this task, you will investigate different functions that best model the population of China from 1950 to 1995.

The following table shows the population of China from 1950 to 1995.
Year Population in Millions 1950 554.8 1955 609.0 1960 657.5 1965 729.2 1970 830.7 1975 927.8 1980 998.9 1985 1070.0 1990 1155.3 1995 1220.5

(a) Define all relevant variables and parameters clearly. Variables: Parameters: (b) Use technology to plot the data points from the above table on a graph.

Population versus time 1950 to 1995
1400 1200 P / millions 1000 800 600 400 200 0 0 10 20 t / years 30 40 50

(c) Comment on any apparent trends shown in the graph. (Discuss slope plus shape of graph)

(d) What types of functions could model the behaviour of the graph? Explain your choices. Linear, Polynomial, trig function «. Discuss «. (e) Analytically develop one model function that fits the data points on your graph. Do not use regression!!!