parametric equations, Algebra

A motile cell is placed at the point (x0, y0) on a square shaped dish filled with a "nutrient bath". The concentration of nutrient at any point (x, y) in the dish is given by

N(x, y) = 10 - 2x2 - 4y2.

Cells are typically known to move, in a continuous fashion, in the direction of maximum increase of this nutrient. Furthermore, it is observed that each cell moves with a velocity proportional to the gradient vector at each point (where k is the constant of proportionality).

(a) Show that the parametric equations that represent the motion of the cell over time are given by

x(t) = x0e-4kt, y(t) = y0e-8kt.

[Hint: you may need to look up a method for solving first order ordinary differential equations, known as "separation of variables".]


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