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.  

The data

Linear Fit

Quadratic Fit

Exponential Fit

Compare the different fits

Compare the projections to actual data

Converted by Mathematica      May 11, 2003