#### Question

The number of bacteria in a certain culture doubles every hour. If there were 30 bacteria present in the culture originally, how many bacteria will be present at the end of 2^{nd} hour, 4^{th} hour and *n*^{th}hour?

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#### Solution

It is given that the number of bacteria doubles every hour. Therefore, the number of bacteria after every hour will form a G.P.

Here, *a* = 30 and *r* = 2

∴ *a*_{3} = *ar*^{2} = (30) (2)^{2} = 120

Therefore, the number of bacteria at the end of 2^{nd} hour will be 120.

*a*_{5} = *ar*^{4} = (30) (2)^{4} = 480

The number of bacteria at the end of 4^{th} hour will be 480.

*a*_{n}_{ +1 }= *ar** ^{n}* = (30) 2

^{n}

Thus, number of bacteria at the end of *n*^{th} hour will be 30(2)^{n}.

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