Contagion: The Math Behind the Virus

Contagion: The Math Behind the Virus
Contagion: The Math Behind the Virus
Contagion: The Math Behind the Virus
Contagion: The Math Behind the Virus
Contagion: The Math Behind the Virus
Contagion: The Math Behind the Virus
Contagion: The Math Behind the Virus
Contagion: The Math Behind the Virus
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Contagion (2011) is a movie about the spread of a new and deadly virus throughout the world. Beth Emhoff, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, returns home from a business trip with what she thinks is a common cold. She is quickly a fatality of the virus. The movie follows the journey of learning about the virus, the experience of a deadly epidemic worldwide, how they find a cure, and the aftermath of surviving the virus.

This movie guide follows along with the different story lines in the movie and allows for student reflection about the math behind the spread of the virus. Students are also asked to reflect throughout the movie about the major themes.

***It may take several class periods to complete the movie and guide depending on how often you pause for reflection or discussion throughout the movie.***

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Construct linear and exponential functions, including arithmetic and geometric sequences, given a graph, a description of a relationship, or two input-output pairs (include reading these from a table).
Recognize situations in which a quantity grows or decays by a constant percent rate per unit interval relative to another.
Distinguish between situations that can be modeled with linear functions and with exponential functions.
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