As the COVID-19 epidemic has unfolded, we’ve all seen the curves of predicted infection and death rates in Australia and worldwide. But how are these curves created, and what can they tell us about how scientists try to predict the future? In this session we’ll discuss how scientists use computers to simulate real-world phenomena using numerical models, and build a simplified model of an epidemic. The math will be simple and no previous programming experience is required - all you need is your curiosity and a web browser.

The workshop involves interactively exploring numerical epidemic models in a Jupyter notebook, with an accompanying lesson plan (Word .docx).

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