Posted by **Anonymous** on Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 10:41pm.

A petri dish contains only two bacteria. The bacteria divide every half hour. How many bacteria will exist after 3 hours?

I thought it'd be 12, but apparently not.

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**Ms. Sue**, Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 10:46pm
1st hour: 2, 4

2nd hour: 8, 16

3rd hour: 32, 64

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**BOSS**, Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 2:50am
It divides 2 times every hour, so for 3 hours it'll divide 6 times. You start with 2, and every half hour they divide into 2. So that means they divide into 2 a total of 6 times. Soo, that's the original 2 times 2^6. So its 2*64 = 128

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