Zombie Growth (Math)


Exponential Growth using a zombie apocalype virus as a context..


This is the first lesson in a series of 4 math lessons that will explore various math concepts related to disaster survival. Students will be introduced to the concept of exponential growth of a "zombie" virus that spreads quickly.

In follow-up lessons students will design and build (using a reduction scale) a personal "survival" structure using common classroom materials and calculate the volume and surface area of the structure. In another lesson, students will use triangulation to determine how far away an object is by using two objects with a known distance apart.

Lesson Times

1-2 Class Period

Industries / Subjects / Grades

K-12 Subjects
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11

Standards and Objectives


California Math Common Core Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • To graph exponential growth functions and compare the key features to linear and polynomial functions.
  • To compare the rate of change of exponential vs. linear and polynomial functions.

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