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This lab contains a short sequence of lessons aiming to improve students’ understanding of Holling’s type II functional response equation. The lessons incorporate experience with an artificial predator-prey system, first employed by C.S. Holling in his classic “disc experiment”, which is also reproduced via individual-based computer simulations, giving students the opportunity to gather different sets of data to model and interpret. The independent components in the lesson plan (mathematical, experimental, and computational) engage students in various modeling activities to meet multiple learning objectives.
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Pulley, Melissa; Rodriguez Quinones, Leoncio; Kohler, Brynja; and Gordillo, Luis F., "Marshmallow Lab" (2019). Laboratory Experiences in Mathematical Biology. 7.