This material is replicated on a number of sites as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service Project
In this biology simulation students explore factors that change human population growth including age at which women begin to bear children, fertility rate and death rate. Simulations are provided for seven countries including the USA, China, Egypt, Germany, Italy, India and Mexico. There are also accompanying questions that walk students through some interesting scenarios.
- Students should be able to identify the factors that determine population growth and the shape of population pyramids. Specifically these include age of fertility, fertility rate and death rate.
Context for Use
Information is provided on seven different countries, and two simulations are shown on the page, one with the original parameters, and the second with the new parameters entered by the students. Thus students can make comparisons between countries, and within a country in response to changes in a parameter. Human Demographics Worksheet (Microsoft Word 143kB Jul25 06)