Lesson Plan 1: Overrun by Skeeters - Exponential Growth
This lesson provides students with an introduction to exponential functions. The class first explores the world population since 1650. Students then conduct a simulation in which a population grows at a random yet predictable rate. Both situations are examples of exponential growth.
Two 50-minute class periods
Students will be able to:
Compare and contrast linear and exponential functions.
Use a simulation to explore population growth.
Describe the graphs of exponential functions.
Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), 2000.