by Miller & Levine

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Chapter 5

In this chapter, you will read about patterns of population growth and the major factors that affect the growth of populations. You will also find out how biological and social factors affect the growth of human populations. The links below lead to additional resources to help you with this chapter. These include Hot Links to Web sites related to the topics in this chapter, the Take It to the Net activities referred to in your textbook, a Self-Test you can use to test your knowledge of this chapter, and Teaching Links that instructors may find useful for their students.

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Miller & Levine: Restoring the Gray Wolf
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Section 5-1: How Populations Grow
Three important characteristics of a population are its geographic distribution, density, and growth rate.
Three factors affect population size: the number of births, the number of deaths, and the number of individuals that enter or leave the population.
Under ideal conditions and with unlimited resources, a population will continue to grow in a pattern called exponential growth. As resources are used up and population growth slows or stops, the population exhibits logistic growth.

Section 5-2: Limits to Growth
Density-dependent limiting factors include competition, predation, parasitism, and disease.
Unusual weather, natural disasters, seasonal cycles, and certain human activities—such as damming rivers and clear-cutting forests—are all examples of density-independent limiting factors.

Section 5-3: Human Population Growth
Like the populations of many other living organisms, the size of the human population tends to increase with time.
The characteristics of populations, and the social and economic factors that affect them, explain why some countries have high population growth rates while populations of other countries grow slowly or not at all.





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