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Level C: Rabbits, Rabbits, and More Rabbits: Logistic Growth in Animal Populations

The behavior over time of a population limited by density-dependent factors is called logistic growth. You will be simulating a model of logistic population growth. You'll be able to change factors that address how fast an animal population grows, how long individuals in the population live on average, and how much area the population has available. See if you can vary the shape of the logistic curve, or create something different.

Learning goals:

  • Represent and interpret data on a line graph.
  • Compare results for simulation runs.
  • Explain the concept of density as pertaining to population dynamics.
  • Represent a different animal on a map, including other factors that influence its growth or decline.

Student Challenge:

  • Compare animal populations in order to determine which population is most successful over time. Be able to explain why in terms of key concepts—population density and carrying capacity.

Curricular Connections:

  • Science: Populations, ecosystems, scientific method
  • Math: Vary assumptions, explore consequences, and compare predictions with data.

Simulation: Rabbits, Rabbits, and More Rabbits: Logistic Growth in Animal Populations

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