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User Info Something To Contemplate This Weekend; entered at 2018-07-06 12:00:15
Oliver1655
Posts: 114
Registered: 2012-08-02
Another example that is good to drive the exponential growth example into folks addled brains is linked below.

Essentially you have a magical eyedropper to deposit one drop of water and every minute that 1 drop doubles.

If at 12 noon you handcuffed people to the top row of seats in a water tight stadium.......

A)How long do they have to escape because the stadium is filled with water ?

B)At what point do those handcuffed understand there is a problem ?

C)At what point is the stadium still 97% empty ?

And just remember even if you grossly underestimated the stadium's volume by 100% that only buys you 1 more minute (1 additional doubling period.)

This along with Karl's lilly pad colored square graphic are the 2 clearest and most concise illustrations of the exponential function that I have seen.

I have shared them both multiple times and in multiple places but people still seem to glaze over at the realities and fail to connect the illustrations with our current situations.

We are in or very near to the last doubling period


A)50 minutes
B)Some will never grasp the seriousness of the situation
C)45 minutes in with only 5 minutes until you drown.

Start at around 1:40 in




Also search for Al Bartlett and doubling the grains of wheat on a chess board as well.



2018-07-06 12:00:15