Lab Activity for Chapter 9
This laboratory period will be spent working on a few problems in context exercises from Chapter 9. Work on each problem as if you were doing it for homework. Use the computer to obtain graphs andnumerical data values, and to find solutions to equations using graphical and numerical methods. Then, either copy the computer results onto your homework paper by hand, or make a snapshot,put it into a report page or a word processing document, and print it out. Problems in Context 6
1. Use the diffequ.mwt module to see what happens for the model in this problem. Remember
that the difference equation an+1 = .5an gets entered in the computer module in the form
2. The problem in the book asks how much aspirin will be in the blood after 4 hours. You can
use the model to answer this. What should you use for n? Be careful, the answer is not 4. Reread the description of what an represents in the model. Using similar methods, how much aspiring is in the blood after 2 hours? After 6 hours? After 8 hours? Make a table on your homework paper showing these results.
3. Based on your results, does proportional reasoning apply to this model? Your results should
show that a0 = 750 and a4 = 46.875. Using proportional reasoning, what would you expect thevalue of a2 to be? Compare that to the value in the table for a2.
4. Find an equation that gives the amount of aspirin in the blood after t hours. Use the boxed
statement on page 195 of the text. For this problem, what is a0? What is r? What is d?Remember that t is supposed to be in units of hours.
5. Use your equation to compute the amount of aspirin in the blood after 4 hours (t = 4.) After
6 hours. After 8 hours. Compare the results to question 2 above.
6. Your answer to question 3 should be a(t) = 750(.5)t/.5. Use the graph.mwt module to examine
the graph of this equation. You will have to use x and y for the variables in the equation: changethe t to an x and replace a(t) with y. Remember that you must use an asterisk: 750 ∗ (.5)t/.5
7. If the patient takes 500 mg of aspirin instead of 750, how would you expect that to affect the
answers to the problems above? How does the equation change for a(t)? Predict how the graphshould change. Then enter the new equation in the graph.mwt module and compare the graphto the original graph.
8. In the original model, it is stated that half of the aspirin in the blood is removed every half
hour. Suppose that assumption is changed. Suppose we find that 3/4 of the aspirin in theblood is removed every half hour. How would you expect that to affect the graph of a(t)? Howdoes the equation for a(t) change? Enter this new equation for a(t) and look at the graph. Were your predictions correct?
Problems in Context 7
1. For this problem, you have to begin by setting up the model. Given the information in the
problem, it is natural to set the model up with one data value every four hours. If an athlete
takes an initial dose of 16mg, and if the amount of steroids in the blood is measured every 4hours, what would be the amount for the first measurement? For the second? For the third?Use this information to create a difference equation model. Let an stand for the amount ofsteroids in the blood after n four hour periods have gone by. What is the difference equationfor an? What is a0?
2. Use the diffequ.mwt module to explore your model. Remember that you will have to change
your difference equation to the proper form:
Looking at your graph and data, when does an first fall below 1 mg? How many hours is thatafter the drug was taken? When does an first fall below .01 mg? How many hours is that afterthe drug was first taken?
3. Find a functional equation for an. Graph it using the graph functional equation button. If your
functional equation is correct, it should exactly match the original graph for your model.
4. Find an equation for your model using the form shown in the box on page 195. Let a(t) be the
amount of drug in the blood t hours after the drug was taken. Graph this new equation usingthe graph.mwt module.
5. Use the graph and numerical methods to figure out how many hours it takes for an initial does
of 16mg to be reduced to .01 mg. What does this imply about trying to use a blood test todetermine if an athlete has taken drugs?
Problems in Context 8
1. Use the diffequ.mwt module to explore the difference equation given in this problem. Remember
a(n + 1) = .75 ∗ a(n) + 100
Is this a geometric growth model? Why or why not? You should see that the graph levels off. How does this relate to the data in the table? Based on this, what would you predict as thelong term effects of taking 100mg of the drug every four hours?
2. Suppose the patient takes 200 mg every four hours instead of 100mg. How do you think that
would change the model? How does the difference equation change? How does the graphchange? How does the data table change?
3. Explore several different versions of this model using different amounts for the dose taken each
four hours. Make a table showing the different doses you consider, and for each dose, theamount of drug in the blood where the model levels off. Do you see a pattern? Can you predictwhat dosage should be given if the doctor wants the amount of drug in the patient’s blood tolevel off at 150mg?
4. [Extra Credit]. In the model so far, it is assumed that 1/4 (or 25%) of the drug is removed
by the body every four hours. In this problem, explore what happens if that assumption ismodified. What if we assume that 20% is removed every 4 hours? What if we assume that 30%is removed? Make a table showing how the leveling off point depends on both the percentageremoved every four hours and the size of the repeated medicine dose. Can you develop aformula that predicts the level off point given the percentage removed every four hours and thedose size?
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