West Nile Virus

This is a classroom-ready resource of how the spread of the West Nile virus can be understood by modeling the interaction between mosquitoes and crows.

John Macnab and Gerda de Vries have developed four modules related to the mathematics used in the model. These notes are based on lessons John Macnab has taught to his senior calculus students in Jasper Place School, Edmonton. The qualitative approach is taken from undergraduate lecture notes Dr. Gerda de Vries prepared and shared with John.The modules are designed to assist teachers to review with students the essential mathematics needed to understand the model. The topics are:

WNV Mosquito

Part 1: Logarithms and Exponential Functions
Gerda de Vries, University of Alberta
John S. Macnab, Edmonton Public Schools

Part 2: Models of Growth and Decay
Gerda de Vries, University of Alberta
John S. Macnab, Edmonton Public Schools

Part 3: The SIS Model of Disease Transmission
Gerda de Vries, University of Alberta
John S. Macnab, Edmonton Public Schools

Part 4: Using the West Nile Module
Gerda de Vries, University of Alberta
John S. Macnab, Edmonton Public Schools

This module was written by Marjorie Wonham, John Macnab, Stephen Norris and Gerda de Vries. It was produced for CRYSTAL Alberta by the King's Centre for Visualization in Science. Click here to run the applet hosted by the King's Centre for Visualization in Science.