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When rabbits were first brought to Australia, they had no natural enemies. There were about

Why would an exponential equation be a better model for this situation than a linear one? Would a sine function be better or worse? Why?

Write an exponential equation for the number of rabbits

years after. How many rabbits do you predict were present in

? According to your model, in what year was the first pair of rabbits introduced into Australia? Is this reasonable?

Actually,

rabbits were introduced in , so the model is not perfect, but is close. Is your exponential model useful for predicting how many rabbits there are now? Explain.

Check your answers by referring to the Checkpoint 9A materials located at the back of your book.

Ideally, at this point you are comfortable working with these types of problems and can solve them correctly. If you feel that you need more confidence when solving these types of problems, then review the Checkpoint 9A materials and try the practice problems provided. From this point on, you will be expected to do problems like these correctly and with confidence.