From Stewart 7e pg 614 # 9
"One model for the spread of a rumor is that the rate of spread is proportional to the product of the fraction y of the population who have heard th eremor and the fraction who have not hear the rumor. a) Write a differential equation that is satisfied by y. b) Solve the differential equation c) A small town has 1000 inhabitants. At 8 am 80 people have heard a rumor. By noon half the town has heard it. At what will 90 percent of the population have heard the rumor? "
The wording of this is very ambiguous to me and I can't really make sense of it.
They mention a product, so I know that something is being multiplied and that y is a fraction which belongs to the population who have seen it so I think that "have not" heard is a constant, and that y is a fraction taht represents who have. I tried to set this up and it is the wrong answer. I am not sure what they want from that, the English usage is too ambiguous to make sense of it. The complete lack of punctuation is what really does it.