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According to the State Department of Finance, California's population was million people at the beginning of 1998, million at the beginning of 1999, and million at the beginning of 2000.

  1. Find the percent increase from 1998 to 1999 and the percent increase from 1999 to 2000. Does this suggest exponential population growth?

    Calculate this value with the two different data sets. Are they nearly the same? 

  2. Assuming exponential population growth, find a model that approximately fits this data.

    Let the year 1998 correspond with .

  3. Use your model to predict California's population in 2020 assuming your growth model remains valid.

    Evaluate .   

  4. The increase in population is proportional to the current population. In other words, if the population is growing each year, then if the population is people, the increase is people. If the population is people, the increase is people. Approximately how much should California's population have increased in the year 2000?

    Answers will vary depending on the rate estimate. (rate)

  5. Explain why the increase is proportional to the population. What is the constant of proportionality?

    Approximate growth in population (growth factor).
    Find growth factor in part (a).