Last week Grant Sanderson published a fantastic video showing some simple models of how a virus can spread through a population.
All of the common pandemic models are pretty complex and have tremendous uncertainty in their parameters, but Grant’s video does an incredible job of showing their strengths and weaknesses.
Today I watched the video again, but this time with my kids. I asked them to take some notes and then we talked about what they thought was interesting. It is always fascinating to hear what kids take away from math / science content.
Here’s what my younger son (in 8th grade) had to say:
Here’s what my older son (in 10th grade) had to say: