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A scientist is studying bacteria whose cell population doubles at constant intervals, at which times each cell in the population divides simultaneously. Four hours from now, immediately after the population doubles, the scientist will destroy the entire sample. How many cells will the population contain when the bacteria is destroyed?

(1) Since the population divided two hours ago, the population has quadrupled, increasing by 3,750 cells.

(2) The population will double to 40,000 cells with one hour remaining until the scientist destroys the sample.

given: population double every constant time interval. 1) population has quadrupled (double * double) in last two hours. => popuoation doubles every hr lets say original population was x then now it is x+3750 and 3x=3750 therefore current population = 3750*4/3 hence the current population is know at the time interval when it double is known=1hr therefore we can guess the population after 4hrs

2) if the population doubles 1 hr before the destruction then the constant time interval at which population increases is 3hr. so the next split would be after 6hrs.... but the destruction was to happen aftr 4hr??? there is a contradiction over here. and hence we should ignore point (2

1) number of bacteria two hours ago was 1,250 and interval c: c > 2/3 and c <=1 -> insufficient 2) bacteria doubles at 3 hours, the number is equal to 40,000 -> insufficient

1&2: since bacteria doubles 2 hours before 0 and 3 hours after 0 -> 5*c = integer -> c = integer/5

since 40,000/1,250 = 32 = 2^5 -> bacteria doubled 5 times in 5 hours -> c = 5 -> sufficient

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Question mentions about events 2 hours ago, now, and 4 hours from now… So the total time we’ll consider here will be 6 hours

(1) Let population 2 hours ago be P.

Population increases by 3750 and becomes 4 times in last 2 hours. (But we don’t know exactly when it divided)

4P = P + 3750 P = 1250 And, 4P = 5000

This means the population after 2 hours have passed is 5000.

Can we find how much the population will be in next 4 hours? No we can’t; Because we don’t know whether the population doubles every 0.5 hours, 1 hours, 2 hours, etc.

Insufficient.

(2) With 1 hour remaining, it means it’s been 6 – 1 = 5 hours.

In 5 hours, the population is 40000.

Can we find how much the population will be in next 4 hours? No we can’t; Because we don’t know whether the population doubles every 0.5 hours, 1 hours, 2 hours, etc.

Insufficient.

Consider 1 and 2 together.

In 2 hours, population = 5000 ….. ….. In 5 hours, population = 40000

And we know that the population always doubles. It never becomes 1.2 or 1.5 times. It ALWAYS becomes 2 times.

Using this information, can we fill in the blanks above?

Yes we can,

In 2 hours, population = 5000 In 3 hours, population = 10000 In 4 hours, population = 20000 In 5 hours, population = 40000

This shows that the population doubles every 1 hour.

So in 6 hours (before the sample is destroyed), population will be 2 * 40000 = 80000.

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19 Aug 2013, 18:20

A two hrs ago 1250 ....now 5000...as the ques says it doubles at constant time period.... if it has bcum 4 times in two hrs means it doubles every hour so aftr 4 hr 5000 *2^4+= 80,000- SUFFICIENT B only tells the number of cell after 3 hrs ....the rate at wich it doubles no info-insuffcient

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19 Aug 2013, 18:26

ashishbakshi9 wrote:

Question mentions about events 2 hours ago, now, and 4 hours from now… So the total time we’ll consider here will be 6 hours

(1) Let population 2 hours ago be P.

Population increases by 3750 and becomes 4 times in last 2 hours. (But we don’t know exactly when it divided)

4P = P + 3750 P = 1250 And, 4P = 5000

This means the population after 2 hours have passed is 5000.

Can we find how much the population will be in next 4 hours? No we can’t; Because we don’t know whether the population doubles every 0.5 hours, 1 hours, 2 hours, etc.

Insufficient.

(2) With 1 hour remaining, it means it’s been 6 – 1 = 5 hours.

In 5 hours, the population is 40000.

Can we find how much the population will be in next 4 hours? No we can’t; Because we don’t know whether the population doubles every 0.5 hours, 1 hours, 2 hours, etc.

Insufficient.

Consider 1 and 2 together.

In 2 hours, population = 5000 ….. ….. In 5 hours, population = 40000

And we know that the population always doubles. It never becomes 1.2 or 1.5 times. It ALWAYS becomes 2 times.

Using this information, can we fill in the blanks above?

Yes we can,

In 2 hours, population = 5000 In 3 hours, population = 10000 In 4 hours, population = 20000 In 5 hours, population = 40000

This shows that the population doubles every 1 hour.

So in 6 hours (before the sample is destroyed), population will be 2 * 40000 = 80000.

Answer C

Isnt the first statement enough to tell us that the population

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