Population Dynamics

Will human population growth always be exponential, or will we find a limiting factor we can't avoid? Young scientists learn about both exponential and logistic growth models in various animal populations. They use case studies to understand the difference in short-term and long-term perspectives. Then, they theorize about the future of human population growth rates.

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Instructional Ideas

  • To better prepare scholars, share this video of a related lecture before starting the lesson 
Classroom Considerations

  • Assign some as homework to reduce in-class Instructional time 
  • Lesson designed for AP/IB or college level courses
  • Relies on prior knowledge of solving math problems with limits
Pros

  • Uses higher level thinking skills
  • Explains concepts and immediately applies them to case studies
  • Includes answer keys
Cons

  • None