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Modeling Scenario

1-111-SpreadOfInformation-ModelingScenario

Author(s): Jeff Pettit

Portland Community College, Portland OR USA

Keywords: data logistic racism prejudice misinformation memes spread disinformation information lies Google Trends coins pennies

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Abstract

Resource Image Students perform experiments to model spread of information within a population. Students collect data, determine essential components and parameters and build a mathematical model culminating with a separable linear first order differential equation.

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Differential Equation Type
Qualitative Analysis
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Technology
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Pedagogical Approaches
Vision and Change Core Competencies - Ability
Principles of How People Learn
Bloom's Cognitive Level

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Our mathematical model culminates with a separable linear first order differential equation which can be compared to predicted data, measured data, and modeled data.

Part 3 can require students to move from a discrete difference equation to a differential equation, but those answers can be given or briefly derived by the instructor instead of derived by the student.

As an extension, students can examine Google Trends data to examine graphs of real-life scenarios when memes and current cultural topics surge in Google searches.

Some Google Trend examples are included at the end.

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Author(s): Jeff Pettit

Portland Community College, Portland OR USA

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