Population Growth: Demographic Transition and Malthusian Theories


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Why did Malthus believe there would not be enough food for humanity?

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1. Demographic transition describes the shift from:

2. The _____ links population growth to society's level of technological advancement.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Learn about Earth's increasing population and the theories of why population growth rates have fluctuated throughout history. You'll be quizzed on your comprehension of some of these popular theories, and how different factors such as technology affect the population

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet and quiz will help you learn more about:

  • Definition of population
  • Demographic transition
  • Malthusian theory
  • The link between technology and population

Skills Practiced

Use these skills when working with the worksheet and quiz:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the world's population in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about demographic transition
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Malthusian theory and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson on theories of population growth will prepare you to:

  • Calculate growth rates using the Demographic Transition Model (DTM)
  • Explain the correlation between geometric and arithmetic rates
  • Discuss possible future population trends
  • List the stages of the DTM