Exponential Outbreaks: The Mathematics of Epidemics



What mathematical principles describe the spread of disease? How can we mathematically model an epidemic?

In this lesson, students explore the fundamental mathematical concepts underlying the spread of contagious diseases. Using a simple exponential model, students compare and contrast the effects of different transmission rates on a population and develop an understanding of the nature and characteristics of exponential growth.

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