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ERIC Number: EJ898701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0045-0685
Modelling the Growth of Swine Flu
Thomson, Ian
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v66 n3 p30-34 2010
The spread of swine flu has been a cause of great concern globally. With no vaccine developed as yet, (at time of writing in July 2009) and given the fact that modern-day humans can travel speedily across the world, there are fears that this disease may spread out of control. The worst-case scenario would be one of unfettered exponential growth. Medical scientists and politicians, however, are making every effort to make this exponential growth "change its mind" and come under control. The purpose of this article is not to lay claim to a definitive mathematical model for swine flu, but rather to illustrate some activities that will help students engage with this real world phenomenon in a spirit of curiosity and exploration. (Contains 9 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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