11b_function_discovery2_activities

11b_function_discovery2_activities - ENGR 19500 Spring 2010...

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ENGR 19500 – Spring 2010 Activity 1 Class 11b Activity 2 – Function Discovery in MATLAB (Estimated Time = 20 minutes) You have been employed as an intern for a leading bioremediation company. The company is conducting research with microorganisms, especially bacteria, to cleanup of oil spills in a variety of environments (contaminated soil, contaminated water, and sludges). You are part of a team that is working with bacteria to degrade kerosene that has contaminated the soil at a gas station with underground storage tanks that is currently being remodeled. Part of your assignment as an intern is to develop mathematical models for the growth of the bacteria. Data has been supplied to you from the research team on the growth of the bacteria as a function of time and is shown in Table 1. Table 1: Bacteria Growth as a Function of Time [1] Time (days) Cell Concentration (g/L) 1 1.0 x 10 6 5 7.5 x 10 6 10 1.25 x 10 7 15 3.15 x 10 7 20 4.2 x 10 7 1. Livingston, R.J. and M.R. Islam, 1999. “Laboratory Modeling, Field Study, and Numerical Simulation of Bioremediation of
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