Mathematical Model of the Growth of Trees

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Mathematical Model of the Growth of Trees
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At different stages of life, the growth rate of a tree is not the same. This presentation is to: build a mathematical model according to the regular pattern which has been observed and then solve the problem and optimize the established model. Problem Proposition

A newly planted tree grows slowly, but gradually the tree grows tall and will grow at a faster speed. But when it grows to a certain height, the growth rate will gradually become stable and then slowly go down. This patter is universal. Problem Analysis

If we assume that the growth rate of a tree is proportional with its current height, it obviously does not meet the two ends, particularly the latter part of the growth process, because the tree won't grow faster and faster boundlessly But if we assume that the growth rate of the tree is proportional to the difference between the maximum height and the current height, it is obviously not in conformity with the middle section of the growth process. We made a compromise assuming that the growth rate is proportional with both its current height and difference between the maximum height and the current height. Assumptions

Assume that there is a maximum height of a tree can grow to, when this height is reached the tree will stop growing higher. Assume that the growth rate of a tree is only related to its current height and the difference between the maximum height and its current height, its not influenced by other environmental factors. Symbol Descriptors

Assume the maximum height of the tree is H (m) and at time t (year) the height is h(m). The proportional coefficient of tree growth rate and the current height and the difference between the maximum height and its current height is k. Model building and solving

According to the analysis of the problem and the assumptions made above, we obtain the following equation:
Where the proportional constant k >0 ....
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