The Kennedy Center: How Many Cells Are Born in a Day?

Explore mathematical patterns in nature

In this lesson, students use calculation to predict the number of cells that result from a series of cell divisions. They then graph the results to represent their findings. Students use this investigation as a starting point for an exploration of pattern and repetition in nature, culminating with an activity in which they create a repeated or random pattern of their own. This lesson will help students gain an understanding of how patterns are reflected in nature.

Science Topics
Math Topics
Data, Graphing & Statistics, Exponents & Square Roots
Middle School
6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

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