# Math 5110/6830 Instructor: Alla Borisyuk Homework 2.2 Due: September 8 ```Math 5110/6830
Instructor: Alla Borisyuk
Homework 2.2
Due: September 8
1. Recall the model of the segmental organism we considered in class. We
found that the number of terminal segments and the number of the next-to
terminal segments satisfy
an+1 = pan + 2qan + rbn
bn+1 = an
a) Reduce this system to a single equation for an , also use the fact that
p+q =1
b) If initially there was just one segment, how many terminal segments will
there be after 1 day? Now nd general solution for an with these initial
conditions. How many terminal segments will there be after 10 days?
c) Under the same conditions as in b) what will be the total number of
segments after 10 days?
2. Consider the Peter Pan model. Suppose in a population adults can produce osprings (juveniles) that in a year can vanish, become adults or
stay juveniles forever. Dene m as the number of osprings each adult
produces per year, - fraction of juveniles reaching adulthood in a year,
p - fraction of adults surviving to next year; and - fraction of juveniles
staying juvenile.
a) Write a model for the dynamics of number of adults and juveniles over
the years.
b) Suppose a population can experience two types of years. In the rst
m = 0:5; p = 0:5 and = 0:9. In the second m = 2:; p = 0:5 and = 0:2.
Find the leading eigenvalue for each population. What would happen to
each in the long run?
c) Suppose instead that the two types of years alternate. Find the model
describing what the population would look like after two years.
d) Find the leading eigenvalue of this two year model. Will the population
grow or shrink? Explain how this is possible.
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