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Comment 25 by aquilacane

I don't know math for shit but this is how my brain sees it:

1=100% 50%=-1 48-1=47

But now I can get really snooty and ask:

How long does it take to cover 7/16 of the lake with lily pads?

How does your brain see that one?

(The answer, as calculated here, is 46.8 days.)

How about 5/16? Answer: 46.3 days
How about 3/32? Answer: 44.6 days

(This analysis assumes the lily pad growth is continuous over time... in other words, the doubling in size doesn't occur instantaneously at the stroke of midnight, for example.)

Ah, the power and beauty of mathematics is indispensable to lily pad science.


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