Biology (11th Edition)

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Chapter 55 - Ecology of Individuals and Populations - Figure 55.16 - Data Analysis: 1

Answer

The first population increases 2x per generation, from 2 to 4, then 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024. The second increases by 2.5x per generation, from 2 to 5 to 19,703 by the tenth generation. That is almost a 10-fold difference after ten generations.

Work Step by Step

This highlights the dramatic ultimate differences possible when a geometric progression occurs with even slightly different increases per generation/iteration.
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