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Unformatted text preview: Math 464, Worksheet 19
A population has logistic growth if its diﬀerence equation model is
∆R = kR 1 − R
N here k is the growth rate and N is the stable equilibrium population. (N is also called the carrying
capacity.)
In this worksheet you will build a model of two populations, rabbits R and foxes F , such that
• If F = 0, then then R has logistic growth with k = 0.02 and N = 100.
• If F = 0, then 0.002RF rabbits are eaten by foxes in each time step.
• Foxes have a constant death rate d = 0.01 per fox per time step.
• Foxes have a birth rate of 0.0004R per fox per time step.
1. Write diﬀerence equations for R and F .
2. Assume F = 0. Then sketch equilbiria and solutions for possible populations of R. Do this
on the horizontal axis of an RF coordinate system.
3. Assume R = 0 and do a similar sketch on the F axis.
4. Find all other equilibria for this model.
5. For each equilibrium, linearize, compute eigenvalues, and if eigenvalues are real, ﬁnd eigenvectors.
6. Try to sketch the solution curve that starts with initial populations R(0) = 2 and F (0) = 10.
7. Try again with R(0) = 150 and F (0) = 50. 1 ...
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 Fall '08
 DougBullock
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