1-017-S-DiseaseSpread

By Brian Winkel

SIMIODE, Cornwall NY USA

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Abstract

We offer a physical situation, using a grid and M and M candies, to simulate the spread of disease. Students conduct the simulation and collect the data which is used to estimate parameters (in several ways)  in a differential equation model for the spread of the disease. Students  produce the standard logistic equation when trying to model the interaction between those who have the disease and those who do not. Reasoned assumptions need to be articulated by students.

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  • Brian Winkel (2015), "1-017-S-DiseaseSpread," https://www.simiode.org/resources/715.

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