A3_6 Tribbling Times

Rosie Hodnett, Daniel Potts, Eleanor Morton, Michele Capoccia, Sam Shingles


In the Star Trek universe, tribbles are small furry creatures whose population increases exponentially. Using the assumption made by Spock, that a tribble has 10 children every 12 hours, we find the growth constant for a tribble population to be 0.1998. From this, assuming the tribbles have an unlimited food supply, we find that the time needed for the tribble family to grow such that it fills USS Enterprise is 4.5 days.

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