Javier is working in a lab testing bacteria populations. After starting out with a population of 295 bacteria, he observes the change in population and notices that the population doubles every 23 minutes.
Step 1: Find the equation for the population in terms of time in minutes. Round values to 3 decimal places.
The equation can be written as N(t) = N(0) * 2^(kt) where N(t) is the number of bacteria at the time t, and k is a constant. Note that N(0) = 295. Since the population doubles every 23 minutes, 23k = 1 or k = 1/23.