Students are introduced to logistic growth curves using a graphing calculator. Lab data includes the number of bacteria over a 20-hour period. The activity numerically approximates the derivative and uses regression to find a curve fitting the data.
Before the Activity
See the attached Activity PDF file(s) for detailed instructions for this activity.
During the Activity
Follow the procedures outlined in the activity.
Use numerical data and regression to explore a logistic curve.
After the Activity
Review student results
As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
Re-teach concepts as necessary