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Type: Multiple-Choice
Category: Problem Solving Strategies
Level: Grade 10
Standards: HSN-Q.A.2
Author: nsharp1
Created: 2 years ago

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Grade 10 Problem Solving Strategies CCSS: HSN-Q.A.2

Colin has been asked to create a mathematical model of the penguin population on a remote island. He wants to be able to predict the growth of the penguin colony. He decides that important variables and quantities to consider in the model include: availability of food, presence of predators, the current number of penguins, and the historic growth rate of penguin population. Is Colin's list correct? Why or why not?
  1. Yes, this is the correct model, and there are no more important factors to consider.
  2. No, this model leaves out many important variables, such as climate, water currents, diseases, and many more.
  3. No, only the current number of penguins and the historic rate of population growth are important. All the other factors are simply over-complicating the problem.
  4. Neither correct nor incorrect. Any real world problem can be modeled in multiple ways and with varying degrees of complexity.
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