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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.

asked by Anonymous
  1. 1st hour: 2, 4

    2nd hour: 8, 16

    3rd hour: 32, 64

    posted by Ms. Sue
  2. 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

    posted by BOSS
  3. A bacteria culture divide each half hour, after 3 hours there are
    6400 bacteria, how many bacteria were there to begin with ?

    posted by Gloria

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