#56 BEAR POPULATION (SOLVE PROBLEM)
To estimate the size of the bear population on the Keweenaw Peninsula, conservationists
captured, tagged, and released 50 bears. One year later, a random sample of 100 bears included
only 2 tagged bears. What is the conservationist's estimate of the size of the bear population?
#10 (COMPLETE PROBLEM)
Solve problem 56 (above). Set up the two ratios and write your equation, choosing an
appropriate variable for the bear population.
Complete problem 10 (ABOVE)
Write a two- to three-page paper (not including the title page) that is formatted in APA style and
according to the Math Writing Guide. Format your math work as shown in the example, and be
concise in your reasoning. In the body of your essay, do the following:
1. Set up the proportion for problem 56
2. Demonstrate your solutions to problem 56 and to problem 10, making sure to include all
mathematical work and an explanation for each step.
3. Identify the form of equation you end up with in problem 10, and explain the relationship
between the final coefficient of x compared to the original problem.
4. Incorporate the following four math vocabulary words into your paper. Use bold font to
emphasize the words in your writing. (Do not write definitions for the words; use them
appropriately in sentences describing your math work.)
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