
06448946
j
2015d.00929
Cheng, Diana
Thompson, David
Endangered species: a population simulation.
Ohio J. Sch. Math. 71, 1619 (2015).
2015
Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM), Columbus, Oxford, OH
EN
M60
U70
K80
K90
mathematical applications
biology
population dynamics
simulation
percentage changes
equations
fitting a function to data
best fit
linear regression
quadratic regression
exponential regression
spreadsheets
graphics calculators
graph of a function
Summary: This article describes an activity which incorporates biology and mathematics at the secondary level. A handson simulation of a decreasing animal population is provided. Students collect their data, record it in a table, and analyze it using technological tools. The mathematics used in this activity includes rates; fitting functions to data; creating and interpreting linear, quadratic, and exponential functions; and using functions to solve realworld problems.