30.   The number of bacteria in a certain culture doubles every hour. If there were 30  bacteria present in the culture originally, how many bacteria will be present at the end of 2nd hour, 4th hour and nth hour ?

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 The number of bacteria in a certain culture doubles every hour.It forms GP.

Given :      a=30   and  r=2.

a_3=a.r^{3-1}=30(2)^2=120

a_5=a.r^{5-1}=30(2)^4=480

a_n+_1=a.r^{n+1-1}=30(2)^n

Thus, bacteria present at the end of the 2nd hour, 4th hour and nth hour are 120,480 and 30(2)^n respectively.

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