Education Technology

Population Growth with Calcumites

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

Students will use mathematical models to represent and understand quantitative relationships.

Before the Activity

Provide each student with a copy of the attached .pdf document.

During the Activity

Students will:

  • Enter data about the ideal population growth of "calcumites."
  • Set up a scatter plot and use regression to fit the data with an exponential model.
  • Enter data about the limited population growth of "calcumites."
  • Set up a scatter plot and use regression to fit the data with a logistics model.
  • After the Activity

  • Review student answers
  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary