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Science: Section 4.1 Vocabulary

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exponential growth
growth pattern where a population grows faster as in it increase in size; graph of a exponentially growing population resembles a J-shaped curve.
carrying capacity
number of organisms of one species that an environment can support indefinitely; population below carrying capacity tend to increase; those above carrying capacity tend to decrease.
life-history pattern
an organism's pattern of reproduction; may be rapid to slow.
density-dependent factor
limiting factors such as disease, parasites, or food availability that affect growth or the population.
density-independent factor
factor such as temperature, storms, floods, drought, or habitat disruption that affects all populations, regardless of their density.