During the recent swine flu outbreak, I had my Algebra I students analyze the growth rate of the outbreak.
This activity asks you to compute linear regression, quadratic regression, and exponential regression using data from the CDC.
The students then draw conclusions as to which model matches best. I would love to hear any feedback you might have.
(If you use use C-Scope I used this after M&M M & M Population Simulation and Height vs. Bounce in Unit 11)