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12th May

12th May: Resources for Disease Dynamics

Welcome,

We hope these resources may be of some use to you and your students in the coming days.

This page outlines some resources for a topical maths unit or project on “Disease Dynamics”. It could be suitable for your TY students or other year groups. It also has lots of links to yesterday’s page on “Indices and Logarithms”, especially “Exploring Exponential Functions”.

The nrich page under “Activities” is a good starting point for this area.

We've picked materials from a variety of sources which may help you when planning for supporting your students in their learning. As teachers, you're in the best place to judge which materials are most useful for your students and to design activities around these resources.

If you have any questions email us at postprimarymaths@pdst.ie.

Explanatory Videos
Activities
Geogebra File

History of Major Epidemics and Pandemics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7ivFcGbFJM Added: 11 May 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Audio / Video

Twelve minute YouTube video clip detailing the history of major epidemics and pandemics by Geo History Channel.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Strand: 5. Functions

Strand unit: 1. Functions

Suggestions for use: Could be used to give some historical context to how diseases spread over history

Asset type: Video
Language: English
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Exponential Growth and Epidemics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kas0tIxDvrg Added: 11 May 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Audio / Video

Eight minute Youtube video clip exploring the concept of exponential growth and epidemics. This video could be used to give some real-world context to exponential growth.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Strand: 5. Functions

Strand unit: 1. Functions

Asset type: Video
Language: English
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The Coronavirus Curve - Numberphile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6nLfCbAzgo Added: 11 May 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Audio / Video

Twenty-two minute YouTube video clip on the Coronavirus curve. The video is a fairly technical video on SIR model and Geogebra.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Mathematics

Strand: 5. Functions

Strand unit: 1. Functions

Suggestions for use: Would help students to use geogebra themselves to make an SIR model

Asset type: Video
Language: English
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Nrich - Disease Dynamics

https://nrich.maths.org/epidemic Added: 11 May 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Project

An Nrich activity to help students highlight how maths can be used to understand epidemics, social interactions and vaccination.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Strand: 5. Functions

Strand unit: 1. Functions

Suggestions for use: TY project

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
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Disease Dynamics task card from 2019 PDST TY workshop

Downloadable Word Document detailing a task for your class to investigate. The task is called Disease Spread. The task sheet guides students through the activity by providing possible questions to develop the model and important questions to apply generalised model to changed circumstances.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Strand: 5. Functions

Strand unit: 1. Functions

Suggestions for use: Activities for students

Asset type: Document
Language: English
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Numberphile SIR Model

https://www.geogebra.org/m/qbdmusuz Added: 11 May 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Simulation

Geogebra file: A simple SIR model implemented to demonstrate "flattening the curve" (the brown curve here) by reducing transmission rate and use of mathematical models in the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Mathematics

Strand: 5. Functions

Strand unit: 1. Functions

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
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