This building block is part of a six-block series from the SUSTAINICUM collection:
- From logistic growth to a turning point in global resource consumption- overview
- Logistic growth without time-delay
- Time-delayed logistic growth
- Optimal population
- Technological progress
- Turning point in global resource consumption
In this building block students analyze the diverse manifestations of limited growth and study them using a mathematical model. Above all, the difference to exponential growth should be understood. Exponential growth is actively pursued in many areas (e.g. in the economic sector: economic, capital and welfare growth and subsequently also resource growth; in demography as population growth) despite it being a dangerous illusion. “Dangerous” because growth limits are ignored despite their very real presence. High growth rates are pursued, despite the fact that this provokes crashes. This building block serves as preparation for the following building block, dealing with time-delayed logistic growth and, using an example from population ecology, shows that there is no exponential growth in nature that does not end in catastrophe.
Suggested methods for applying this building block, one of the six-part series, in the classroom can be found in the overview building block: From logistic growth to resource turning point- Overview.
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