Science Learning Goals In this lesson, the students will: Observe changes in population dynamics Use a computer to run a simulation of natural selection within a colony of peppered moths Identify the variables that cause changes in the ratios of light to dark moths Evaluate the impact humans have on the evolution of an indigenous species
Math Learning Goals In this lesson, the students will: Draw scatter plots to represent the relationship between two variables Familiarize themselves with statistical functions, namely linear regression and correlation coefficients
Lesson Activities Day 1 Introduction to and exploration of Fathom and Netlogo Day 2 In groups of four, students will run the peppered moths simulation (2 students from biology class and 2 students from statistics class) Students from biology share the evolutionary aspects of the simulation with their group members while the math students share how to analyze the data
Technological Value Students can quickly and efficiently collect data using Netlogo Fathom helps students to visualize statistical plots Students have access to quick analysis
Diversity This simulation involves open-ended exploration which challenges students of varying abilities. Exploring human impact on different parts of the world.
Here is a graph representing the relationship between light colored moths and pollution Correlation coefficient = -0.866675 Equation: M=-2.26P + 276
This is a graph of dark colored moths and pollution Correlation coefficient: 0.885871 Equation: D = 2.39P - 37