Given the number of deaths & births that occur each minute, calculate how the global population changes each year
Given current population (7 billion), use population change to determine annual growth rate as a percent
Write and evaluate an exponential growth equation to model population growth
Explain why even if the growth rate stays the same, the population will increase each year because of compounding
Given graph, explain how population has grown over time (including calculating exponential growth rates)
Estimate population in the year 2100 and discuss what life on Earth might be like with this many people
Scientists estimate that on Halloween 2011 the global population reached 7 billion. In this lesson we’ll explore how many people the Earth is adding and losing each minute, and use this to determine the [exponential] growth rate.
We’ll also predict what the world population will be in the future, and what life will be like with more and more people.
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Last Updated: October 28, 2011
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