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Exponential Models: Rhinos and M&M’s ®


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Exponential Models: Rhinos and M&M’s ®

In this math lesson, learners model exponential decay and exponential growth using M&M's, paper folding, and African rhino population data. Learners collect data, create scatterplots, and determine algebraic models that represent their functions. The objectives of this lesson are for learners to explore patterns of exponential models in tables, graphs, and symbolic forms and to apply what they have learned to make predictions in a real situation.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 14 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Populations
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
      • Equations and Inequalities
      • Patterns
      • Variables and Expressions
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
      • Probability
    • Number and Operations
      • Exponents
    • Problem Solving
    • Reasoning and Proof
    • Representation

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Food and Cooking

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Common Core State Standards for Mathematics:

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  • All Rights Reserved, PBS, ©2012

Funding Source:

  • US Department of Education

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