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PST1D08:

Hubbert Peak and Radioactive Decay Activities Using Dice
  Location: KFC Courts
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 8:45 PM -9:30 PM
  Author: Mark Rupright, Birmingham-Southern College
205-226-4875, mruprigh@bsc.edu
  Co-Author(s): Tyler Dart
  Abstract: We will outline two laboratory activities for an introductory "Energy and the Environment" course that use dice to model random behavior. In the first, we model the growth, peak, and decline in production of a resource to produce a Hubbert-type curve. In the second, we relate the random decay of individual nuclei to the exponential decay of a radioactive sample. We also show how to extend the latter activity to more complex cases in which parent/daughter isotopes have different decay rates.
  Footnotes: None
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