+
Carrying Capacity
Next Generation: MS.LS2.1 MS.LS2.1

Carrying Capacity

Author: Nathan Lampson
Description:
This lesson will introduce the carrying capacity and show how it affects a population.
(more)
See More
Try a College Course Free

Sophia’s self-paced online courses are a great way to save time and money as you earn credits eligible for transfer to over 2,000 colleges and universities.*

Begin Free Trial
No credit card required

25 Sophia partners guarantee credit transfer.

221 Institutions have accepted or given pre-approval for credit transfer.

* The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE Credit®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for 20 of Sophia’s online courses. More than 2,000 colleges and universities consider ACE CREDIT recommendations in determining the applicability to their course and degree programs.

Tutorial

 

There are several ways that a population's size can be limited.  The maximum population that can be sustained by an environment is known as the carrying capacity of an environment.

 

Example:

If a fenced field can sustainably grow enough grass to feed 23 cattle, but not enough to support 24 cattle,  23 cattle is the carrying capacity of the field.