How Does it Grow?

How does it grow?

These problems introduce simple mathematical models to help us understand how complex systems change with time.

Troublesome Triangles 

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:
Many natural systems appear to be in equilibrium until suddenly a critical point is reached, setting up a mudslide or an avalanche or an earthquake. In this project, students will use a simple simulation game to investigate the properties of such systems.

Investigating Epidemics 

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.

Quorum-sensing 

Age 16 to 18 Short Challenge Level:
This problem explores the biology behind Rudolph's glowing red nose.