In this Cre8ate maths activity students learn that a simulation is a model of a real situation. Data for the birth rate of rabbits is provided and is used by students to develop their own model to simulate the breeding of rabbits in a field and consider the likely damage to the farmer’s crop. Initially this is done as a recording process, using an existing example and template, which requires students to process information provided. It offers a good opportunity for group collaboration. An excel spreadsheet allows students to extend the activity and investigate more complex scenarios. They are able to alter the number of years, maximum litter size and the initial number of females of breeding age, as well as adjusting gender bias and the maximum possible monthly death rate.
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