1-001B-S-MAndM-DeathImmigrationMystery

By Brian Winkel

SIMIODE, Cornwall NY USA

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Abstract

We describe a classroom activity in which students use M&M candies to simulate death and immigration. Each student conducts an experiment with an immigration rate unique to that student - of that student's choice. Collected data on generation or iteration and population  is then passed to another student and the receiving student builds a mathematical model, usually a linear first order, difference or differential equation, and estimates the death and immigration parameters.

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  • Brian Winkel (2016), "1-001B-S-MAndM-DeathImmigrationMystery," https://www.simiode.org/resources/2329.

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