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Publication Year

2009

Abstract

A laboratory tested various concentrations of arsenic on the growth of foraminifera and recorded their findings. Upon examination, the plotted probability density function for each of these trials resembled a similar shape. The plots were then characterized in a general model composed of linear segments. Using calculus, statistics such as the expected value, variance and standard deviation were calculated to interpret the collected data. The statistics revealed that arsenic limits the growth of ocean life.

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Advisors:

Arcadii Grinshpan, Mathematics and Statistics

Pamala Hallock-Muller, Biological Oceanography

Problem Suggester:

Pamala Hallock-Muller