### Section 2: Carying Capacity

#### Defining Carrying Capacity

The main difference between the logistic and exponential equations is the constant **K**.

**K** stands for **carrying capacity** defined as the maximum population size that a given environment can support.

**Carrying capacity** is determined by any factors that can limit a population in a particular environment by lowering birth rates, increasing death rates, and/or encouraging migration. Examples of limiting factors include availability of food and other resources such as habitat space and water, competition, and prey/predators numbers.

Graphical representation of the logistic growth in the fish population, demonstrating the carrying capacity (K)

### Section 2: Carying Capacity

#### Defining Carrying Capacity

The main difference between the logistic and exponential equations is the constant **K**.

**K** stands for **carrying capacity** defined as the maximum population size that a given environment can support.

**Carrying capacity** is determined by any factors that can limit a population in a particular environment by lowering birth rates, increasing death rates, and/or encouraging migration. Examples of limiting factors include availability of food and other resources such as habitat space and water, competition, and prey/predators numbers.

**How would you describe the rate of growth of the fish population?**

### Section 2: Carying Capacity

#### Defining Carrying Capacity

The main difference between the logistic and exponential equations is the constant **K**.

**K** stands for **carrying capacity** defined as the maximum population size that a given environment can support.

**Carrying capacity** is determined by any factors that can limit a population in a particular environment by lowering birth rates, increasing death rates, and/or encouraging migration. Examples of limiting factors include availability of food and other resources such as habitat space and water, competition, and prey/predators numbers.

Lake divided into 50 equally sized squares with each square that can only support one fish on average.

Graphical representation of the logistic growth in the fish population, demonstrating the carrying capacity (K)

**How would you describe the rate of growth of the fish population?**