Mathematics is an important tool for scientifically analyzing aspects of our daily lives. I focus my research on that of human population growth and how it will affect our world. I use mathematical models and real population data to analyze human population growth and incorporate factors such as development status, fertility and mortality rates, and age distribution. I first model how population growth affects resource usage by hypothesizing how changes in oil consumption rates in the major consuming countries will affect the long-term usage of oil globally. Lastly I estimate how the changing age distribution within the United States will affect the future of Social Security. I conclude with a summary of my results and stress the importance of using mathematics to gain a better understanding of the world around us.
Kraynik, Bridget, "Boom! How the Human Population Explosion Affects Our Future" (2011). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 925.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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