Students achieve an understanding of the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium by using decks of playing cards without recourse to algebra.
One class period
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.
- New heritable traits can result from recombinations of existing genes or from genetic mutations in reproductive cells. (LS3.B)
- Natural selection acts on phenotype as an expression of genotype.
- Populations, not individuals, evolve.
- Evolution results from genetic drift acting upon genetic variation within a population.
- Speciation is the splitting of one ancestral lineage into two or more descendent lineages.