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bacteria can multiply at an increasing rate. The bacteria doubles every hour, how many bacteria will we have by the end of one 12 hours ?

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  1. After 1 hour, 2, then 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096. Add them up. I can't remember the formula to solve it more easily.

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  2. It depends upon how many you had to start with doesn't it?
    Suppose you had 1 initially
    1 to start at 8 a.m
    2 at 9
    4 at 10
    8 at 11
    16 at 12 noon
    32 at 1 p.m.
    64 at 2
    128 at 3
    256 at 4
    512 at 5
    1024 at 6
    2048 at 7
    4096 at 8
    or you can use 2^12 = 4098

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  3. I'm sorry. My goof. You don't add them. My apologies.

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  4. Here is an online calculator in case you don't start with 1 bacterium.
    https://www.omnicalculator.com/math/doubling-time

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