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This Java applet simulates the behavior of wolves and rabbits in nature. Students can observe how nature keeps its balance in a predator/prey environment. The simulation is based on a set of defined rules about space requirements, movement, food intake limits, and conditions for reproduction. The student can vary parameters that include initial numbers of animals, reproduction rates, and metabolism rates. The simulation features graphic and tabular reports. From the applet page, What, How, and Why buttons open pages that explain the activity's purpose, function, and how the mathematics fits into the curriculum. The applet also provides a link to the NCTM data analysis and probability standard for grades 6-8. Supplemental resources include lessons, background information about chaos theory, and an exploration activity that suggests how students can use the applet to investigate relationships. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
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