Lesson 4.1 Moore’s Law and Modeling

Lesson 4.1 Moore’s Law and Modeling

In this lesson students construct an understanding of how the explosion of technology over the last two decades

has impacted every realm of study and employment. Students begin by researching the impact of computer

modeling and simulation which have been made possible by the rapid increase in computational power due

to the continued applicability of Moore’s Law. They then manipulate discrete electronic components to create

logic gates and then create comparable results using integrated circuits. Students comprehend what it means to

double the number of transistors that can fit in a given area. Students explore simulation in NetLogo directly by

manipulating a model of predation and a model of the spread of viruses in humans. The lesson concludes with

an examination of the code of ethics for simulationists and reflection on the necessity of adhering to such a code.