Population Simulator

Learning Goals
This is a simulation tool for explaining numerous demographic terms including mortality rate,life expectancy, fertility rate, infant mortality, and the sex ratio. The simulator could also be used to examine the process of demographic transition. There are numerous learning goals that could be developed by using this simulator. This simulator could be used for basic understanding of demographic terms as well as more complex comparisons analyzing impacts of various population variables.

This free, on-line simulator uses United Nations world population projections to simulate future population trends for the whole world or individual countries. Students can make their own simulations by adjusting fertility, life expectancy, and the male-female ratio at birth. The link to the simulator itself can be found about half way down the page.