Is human population growth threatening to overshoot and jeopardize the earth’s carrying capacity? If so, what can be done about it?
In this activity, students will be able to: describe and model human population growth during the past 600 years with an exponential function, considering both the total amount of growth and average and/or instantaneous rates of increase; explain the strengths and limitations of modeling human population growth with an exponential function; explore and discuss some of the environmental, cultural, and economic impacts of human population growth.
Recommended for: grades 9 and up
Time: 1-2 class periods or more
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