Modeling a Geometric Sequence with a Function

The NCAA women's basketball tournament begins with 64 teams. In each round, one half of the teams are left to compete, until only one team remains.

Below is a table that shows the number of teams for each round. Below the table is a slider with which you can change the starting number of teams. Finally, a scatterplot plots the number of teams versus the round.

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  1. How many rounds will a tournament last with 90 teams? How about with 60 teams?
  2. How many teams would there need to be for the tournament to last 8 rounds? How about to last 10 rounds?
  3. Plot a function on the scatterplot that goes through all the points. Can you make the function so that it will work no matter how many starting teams there are?