At what temperature would the growth rate reach exactly 0%?
Students plot the data on large gridded paper and/or a graphical plotting program.
Students conjecture about the form of the equation.
Once students figure out the x
part of the equation, students experiment with differentexponential equations until they find one that fits the data.
Class discussion of student solutions and explanations.
Students present their findings in poster/power-point format and/or submit to ProjectBriefcase.
The data are derived from the quadratic equation,
By the end of this activity, students should be able to,
note that the equation has a squared in it,
note that the maximum occurs at (40, 70)
Entry Event #2
Students of NT High,Thank you for your recent work. You were able to identify that the temperature of 40 C wouldresult in the maximum growth rate of 70%. Below is some temperature/growth rate information wecollected for three other strains of bacteria by epidemiologists in South Africa, Australia, and Peru. Notethat the data obtained by the epidemiologists were transmitted to us in various formats.For each strain we would like you to identify the following:
The maximum growth rate.
The temperature at which the bacteria achieves the maximum growth rate.
The temperature(s) at which the growth rate for the bacteria reach 0%.