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Advanced Biology through Inquiry Teacher Guide

(PS-2852)

This manual features 22 challenging, standards-based, inquiry lab activities for AP, IB, and honors programs.

Mathematical Modeling of Evolution

Lab Summary

Students work with a mathematical model and computer simulation to explore how inheritance patterns and gene frequencies change in a population.

Theory

Students work with a mathematical model and computer simulation to explore how inheritance patterns and gene frequencies change in a population. The model lets students explore parameters that affect allele frequencies including population size, selection, and initial allele frequency.

Method

Having students produce their own spreadsheet instead of using an existing one allows them to become more familiar with creating mathematical models and understanding the model’s limitations. This exercise will take two 45-min periods to complete and requires the teacher to be familiar with the creation and modification of the modeling spreadsheet. There are several excellent resources that can help:

  • AP Biology Investigative Labs: An Inquiry-Based Approach, Teacher Manual. The College Board. 2012.
  • A Biologist's Guide to Mathematical Modeling in Ecology and Evolution by Sarah P. Otto and Troy Day, 2007, Princeton University Press.

Materials Used:

No sensor

The Associated Bundle:

Advanced Biology Standard Sensor Bundle

(PS-2851)

Contains an EcoChamber, a Metabolism Chamber and all the probeware needed to perform the activities in the Advanced Biology through Inquiry lab manual.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.