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Coronavirus Epidemic Curves - Graphically Interpreting Derivatives

Author(s): Sarah Hews

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A set of exam questions or class activity related to 'flatten the curve' during the coronavirus outbreak of 2020. Content includes: notation, first derivative, second derivative, and interpreting results.

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Version 1.0 - published on 19 Mar 2020 doi:10.25334/7AN8-X409 - cite this


These exam questions / module is based off of the 'flatten the curve' graphs used in February/March of 2020 to convince people to social distance during the coronavirus outbreak.  Students have to interpret the graphs using notation (functions, first derivative, second derivative), identify important aspects of the graph, and interpret their responses in the context of the outbreak. 

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