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Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium According to Hoyle


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Students achieve an understanding of the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium by using decks of playing cards without recourse to algebra.

Cronkite, Donald

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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.

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