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# 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 2nd Hour, 4th Hour and Nth Hour? - CBSE (Arts) Class 11 - Mathematics

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ConceptRelationship Between A.M. and G.M.

#### 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 2nd hour, 4th hour and nthhour?

#### 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

∴ a3 = ar2 = (30) (2)2 = 120

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

a5 = ar4 = (30) (2)4 = 480

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

an +1 arn = (30) 2n

Thus, number of bacteria at the end of nth hour will be 30(2)n.

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#### APPEARS IN

NCERT Solution for Mathematics Textbook for Class 11 (2018 to Current)
Chapter 9: Sequences and Series
Q: 30 | Page no. 193
Solution 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 2nd Hour, 4th Hour and Nth Hour? Concept: Relationship Between A.M. and G.M..
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