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Biology Bacterial Growth Activity

Bacterial Growth
Bacteria can multiply rapidly. The number of bacteria begins to increase slowly at first but later on increases rapidly. Assuming that the bacterial numbers will double in size every 30 minutes fill in the following table starting with 1 bacterium for a 10 hour period:

Time (hours)Number of
Bacterium
Time (hours)Number of
Bacterium
015.5
0.56.0
1.06.5
1.57.0
2.07.5
2.58.0
3.08.5
3.59.0
4.09.5
4.510.0
5.0

Number of Bacteria vs. Time for Bacterial Growth

Plot the data obtained on the following graph:

    Questions:
    Answer the following questions about bacterial growth in the spaces provided:

    1. What is the shape of the bacterial growth curve?

    2. Why do you think the bacterial growth curve is this shape?

    3. What do you think are the consequences for someone who has a disease causing bacterium on an open
    wound? The wound is not cleaned. Explain your answer.

    NB This activity will need to be printed