Population Growth Contents

  • Section One: Geometric Growth Introduction to population growth and the geometric growth equation. Calculating growth rates and predicting future population size.
  • Section Two: Exponential Growth Comparison of exponential vs. geometric growth. Calculating intrinsic rate of growth and using the exponential growth equation to predict population growth. Doubling times. Intrinsic growth rates versus body size. Human population growth.
  • Section Three: Logistic Growth Introduction to resource limitation, carrying capacity, and the logistic growth equation. Realized versus intrinsic growth rate. Density dependent and independent factors.
  • Section Four: Variability, Noise and Chaos Variability and noise in population growth. Deterministic chaos in the logistic equation.