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6.5
Logistic Growth Model
Years
Bears
Greg Kelly, Hanford High School, Richland, Washington
We have used the exponential growth equation
to represent population growth.
0
9
0 =
%he exponential growth equation occurs when the rate of
growth is proportional to the amount present.
f we use ! to represent the population, the differential
equation becomes:
/!
!
/9
=
%he constant is called the relative growth rate.
/ /! /9

!
=

## %he population growth model becomes:

0
9
! !0 =
However, real-life populations do not increase forever.
%here is some limiting factor such as food, living space or
waste disposal.
%here is a maximum population, or carrying capacity, .
A more realistic model is the logistic growth model where
growth rate is proportional to both the amount present (!)
and the fraction of the carrying capacity that remains: !

## %he equation then becomes:

/! !
!
/9

=

' '
ur book writes it this way:
Logistics Differential Equation
)
/!
! !
/9
=
We can solve this differential equation to find the logistics
growth model.

!artial
Fractions
Logistics Differential Equation
)
/!
! !
/9
=
)
1
/! /9
! !
=

)
1
! ! ! !
= +

)
1 ! ! = +
1 ! ! = +
1 =
1

=
0 ! ! = +
! ! =
=
1

=
1 1 1
/! /9
! !

+ =

' '
)
ln ln ! ! 9 = +
ln
!
9
!
= +

Logistics Differential Equation
)
/!
! !
/9
=
)
1
/! /9
! !
=

1 1 1
/! /9
! !

+ =

' '
)
ln ln ! ! 9 = +
ln
!
9
!
= +

9
!
0
!
+
=

9
!
0
!

=
1
9

0
!

=
1
9

0
!

= +

9
!
0
!
+
=

9
!
0
!

=
1
9

0
!

=
1
9

0
!

= +
1
9

!
0

=
+
1
9

!
0 0

=
+

09 0

=
1
9

!
0

=
+

## Logistics Growth Model

1
9

!
0

=
+

Example:
Logistic Growth Model
%en grizzly bears were introduced to a national park 10
years ago. %here are 23 bears in the park at the present
time. %he park can support a maximum of 100 bears.
Assuming a logistic growth model, when will the bear
population reach 50? 75? 100?

## %en grizzly bears were introduced to a national park 10

years ago. %here are 23 bears in the park at the present
time. %he park can support a maximum of 100 bears.
Assuming a logistic growth model, when will the bear
population reach 50? 75? 100?
1
9

!
0

=
+
100 =
0
10 ! =
10
23 ! =

1
9

!
0

=
+
100 =
0
10 ! =
10
23 ! =
0
100
10
1 0
=
+
100
10
1
=
+
10 10 100 + =
10 90 =
9 =
At time zero, the population is 10.
100
1 9
9
!
0

=
+

1
9

!
0

=
+
100 =
0
10 ! =
10
23 ! =
After 10 years, the population is 23.
100
1 9
9
!
0

=
+
10
100
23
1 9

0

=
+
10
100
1 9
23

+ =
10
77
9
23

=
10
0.371981

=
10 0.988913 =
0.098891 =
0.1
100
1 9
9
!
0

=
+

0.1
100
1 9
9
!
0

=
+
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Years
Bears
We can graph
this equation
and use "trace
to find the
solutions.
y=50 at 22 years
y=75 at 33 years
y=100 at 75 years
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