What Should Have Happened on Gilligan's Island?

Author David Graser, Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ (David_Graser@yc.edu)

Abstract

This is an idea for a project on modeling the growth of the population of Gilligan’s Island with a continuous exponential growth model.

  • Content Area – College Algebra, Precalculus
  • Time Frame – NA
  • Published – April 21, 2009
  • Keywords – exponential growth

Project Content

This has not been used in a class as a project, but the documents below have been used in my class as an example and to teach students how to enter exponential functions into their graphing caclulator.

Scaffolding Resources

Background on Gilligan’s Island and Calculator Tips (DOC | PDF)

Notes

  • Students find this example quirky and funny.

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