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in a school with 1500 students , one student returned from vacation with a contagious flu virus on 1st January. the spread of the virus through student body is given by y=1500/1+1499e^-0.85t where y is the total number of students infected after t days. the school would cancel classes if 40% or more of the students are ill.
1) how many students would be infected after 6 days?
2)from which date onwards will the school have to cancel classes?

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  1. 1) t=6
    1500
    2) January 6th = because January 1st is first day

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  2. I think you meant:

    y = 1500/(1+1499e^-0.85t)

    when t = 6 , I get
    y = 148 , to the nearest whole number

    40% of 1500 = 600

    so 1500/(1+1499e^-0.85t) = 600
    600(1+1499e^-0.85t) = 1500
    1+1499e^-0.85t = 2.5
    1499e^-0.85t = 1.5
    e^-.85t = .001000667
    -.85t = -6.907
    t = 8.126

    It would take 8 days to hit 400 students infected.

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