Understanding exponential growth is of critical importance in sustainability, resource conservation, and economics. This work contains a collection of practice problems and realistic case studies developed for the teaching of sustainability science and conservation, with an emphasis on learning and applying the concepts of exponential growth. The exercises are designed to foster quantitative competence (numeracy) as well as critical thinking and systems thinking. Students learn to work with tools such as spreadsheet software and online databases and practice the application of basic but powerful quantitative analyses techniques. The case studies are based on recent, high quality data and explore questions of high relevance for the study and application of sustainability science.
This work is related to the Growth in a finite world presentation (http://www.slideshare.net/amenning/growth-in-a-finite-world-sustainability-and-the-exponential-function).