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#### karush

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10. The rate (in mg carbon$/m^3/h$) at which photosynthesis takes place for a species of phytoplankton is modeled by the function

$P=\dfrac{100I}{I^2 + I + 4} $

where I is the light intensity (measured in thousands of foot-candles). For what light intensity is $P$ a maximum?

OK I presume first we derive P'

$P'=\dfrac{ -100 (I^2 - 4)}{(I^2 + I + 4)}^2$

$P'(I)=0 $ at $x=\pm 2$

so far !!!

$P=\dfrac{100I}{I^2 + I + 4} $

where I is the light intensity (measured in thousands of foot-candles). For what light intensity is $P$ a maximum?

OK I presume first we derive P'

$P'=\dfrac{ -100 (I^2 - 4)}{(I^2 + I + 4)}^2$

$P'(I)=0 $ at $x=\pm 2$

so far !!!

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