Just trying to fix up my spreadsheet, and noticed something wierd with the population equation:

BP = (Ln (Flats) x (Flats)^2) + (Flats)

Now, to me this means this order of operations:

(flats^2)

then, multiple that answer by flats (in effect flats ^3)

then, do the natural logarithm on that number

then, add flats.

If we use the ~1400 flats for my planet this gives:

1,400^2 = 1,960,000

1,960,000 X 1,400 = 2,744,000,000

ln (2,744,000,000) = 21.7

21.7+1,400 = 1421.7

Now this is a ridiculous number - the population should be around 19mil. Now am I misunderstanding something there (I think not), or has it been incorrectly put into the rules page? From fiddling around it seems that this fits the numbers better:

BP = (Ln (Flats)) x (Flats)^2 + (Flats)

this gives 14.2mil, much closer. Answers please.

BP = (Ln (Flats) x (Flats)^2) + (Flats)

Now, to me this means this order of operations:

(flats^2)

then, multiple that answer by flats (in effect flats ^3)

then, do the natural logarithm on that number

then, add flats.

If we use the ~1400 flats for my planet this gives:

1,400^2 = 1,960,000

1,960,000 X 1,400 = 2,744,000,000

ln (2,744,000,000) = 21.7

21.7+1,400 = 1421.7

Now this is a ridiculous number - the population should be around 19mil. Now am I misunderstanding something there (I think not), or has it been incorrectly put into the rules page? From fiddling around it seems that this fits the numbers better:

BP = (Ln (Flats)) x (Flats)^2 + (Flats)

this gives 14.2mil, much closer. Answers please.

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