Zombie Apocalypse - Exponential Function - Pandemics - 21st Century Math Project

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It's inevitable. One day Zombies will take over Earth. If you are not preparing your students, you are being irresponsible. If you want to turn your "dead" exponential and logarithm unit into an "undead" one, this might work for you.

Turn your Algebra 2 or Pre-Calculus into a forum for United Nations research and development with this 21st Century Math Project. Specifically focusing on exponential and logarithmic functions, students will be given the notes of a renown scientist who herself has become a zombie. They must make sense of the notes before they too succumb to the virus. Students will practice evaluating, modeling, analyzing and inverting these functions.

*Note this file contains one version with stylized text and a separate one with standard, more clear text.*

In this 18 page document you will be given a mapping to the Content Standards, an outline for how to implement the project, handout resources for students to use, and an answer key. ***THIS PRODUCT HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH A GOOGLE SLIDES INTERACTIVE VERSION INCLUDED. REDOWNLOAD IF YOU HAVE IT ALREADY***

In all it is three different assignments --

-- "Zombie Apocalypse" will have students (or teams) answer the exponential function and logarithm questions and develop mathematical models and make predictions. Using regression functions on TI-Graphing Calculators or Excel is necessary. This should take approximately 1 class period. Along the way they will explore inverse exponential and logarithmic functions

-- โ€œOutbreakโ€. In this task, half of your class will turn into zombies while the other have tries to cure them... or else they will become Zombies too.

-- โ€œZ-Dayโ€. Asks students to use exponential decay models to determine when the Zombie population is controlled.

Students (or teams) will create a report to the United Nations in which they design an Action Plan, Procedures for an Antidote and Suggestions for future safeguards.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Create equations and inequalities in one variable and use them to solve problems.
Rearrange formulas to highlight a quantity of interest, using the same reasoning as in solving equations. For example, rearrange Ohmโ€™s law ๐˜ = ๐˜ญ๐˜™ to highlight resistance ๐˜™.
Find inverse functions.
Understand the inverse relationship between exponents and logarithms and use this relationship to solve problems involving logarithms and exponents.
Recognize situations in which a quantity grows or decays by a constant percent rate per unit interval relative to another.


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