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Curve Fitting and Population Growth

This lab takes you through a very simple-minded approach to fitting different curves to some population data and examining the results. This is in no way meant to be a complete statistical treatment of this subject. *Mathematica* offers much more sophisticated tools to fit curves and analyze the results than what I use in this lab. I chose these because they do not require any specialized knowledge of statistics to use.

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The data

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Linear Fit

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Quadratic Fit

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Exponential Fit

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Compare the different fits

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Compare the projections to actual data

Converted by *Mathematica*
May 11, 2003