What Comes Next?: Modeling and Predicting

In order to explore change over time, students use world population data to learn about linear and exponential models. They first compare the differences in growth sequences based on addition and multiplication. After using guess-and-check strategies, students develop equations to calculate different kinds of growth. A culminating report on the predicted population growth of a country of their choice gives students the opportunity to apply the models to real-world data and investigate the goodness-of-fit of a model.

NCTM standard: Algebra

NCTM standard: Data Analysis and Probability

Primary Mathematical Goals