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Population & Its Attributes - Practice Questions & MCQ

Edited By admin | Updated on Sep 18, 2023 18:34 AM | #NEET

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  • Population & Its Attributes: Population Size or Density, Population Attributes - Age Pyramid, Population Attributes - Population Growth is considered one of the most asked concept.

  • 31 Questions around this concept.

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It is much easier for a small animal to run uphill than for a large animal, because:

A biologist studied the population of rats in a barn. He found that the average natality was 250, average mortality 240, immigration 20 and emigration 30. The net increase in population is:

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Population & Its Attributes: Population Size or Density
  • Individuals live in groups in a well defined geographical area, share or compete for similar resources, potentially interbreed and thus constitute a population.
  • The population that occupies a very small area, is smaller in size, such a population is called local population
  • A group of such a closely related local population is called meta-population.
  • A population has certain attributes that an individual organism does not. 

Population Size or Density:

  • It is the number of individuals of a species per unit area or volume.
  • It is usually expressed as the number of individuals per unit area or volume, for example, 100 trees per acre.
  • It is affected by the following factors:

1. Birth Rate or Natality:

  • Populations increase because of natality. 
  • Natality is equivalent to birth rate and is an expression of the production of new individuals in the population by birth, hatching, germination (or) fission.
  • For example, if in a pond, there are 20 lotus plants last year and through reproduction, 8 new plants are added, taking the current population to 28. Then, birth rate = 8/20 = 0.4 offspring per lotus per year.


2. Death Rate or Mortality:

  • It is the rate of loss of individuals (death rate) per unit time due to death or due to the different environmental changes, competition, predation, etc. 
  • For example, if individuals in a laboratory population of 40 fruit flies died during a specified time interval. Then, the death rate = 4/40 = 0.1 individuals per fruit fly per week.

3. Sex Ratio:

  • An individual is either a male or a female but a population has a sex ratio like 60% of the population are females and 40% are males.


Population Attributes - Age Pyramid
  • Population at any given time is composed of individuals of different ages. 
  • When the age distribution (percent individuals of a given age or age group) is plotted for the population, this is called age pyramid.
  • The age pyramid of human population generally shows the age distribution of males and females in a combined diagram.
  • The growth status of the population is reflected by the shape of the pyramids.

Expansive Pyramid: 

  • The population pyramid with broad base and with successive decline in the share of population of higher age groups is known as expansive pyramid.
  • This pyramid represents a situation of high fertility, high mortality, low life expectancy, higher population growth rates and low share of old age persons. 

Stationary or Stable Pyramid:

  • A pyramid is described stationary when the share of population remains constant in different age groups over the period of time. 
  • It represents a situation of low fertility, low mortality and high life expectancy. 
  • It indicates slow population growth or stable population. 
  • The stationary or near stationary population pyramid displays a somewhat equal share of juvenile and adult age groups.

Constrictive or Declining Pyramid:

  • A pyramid with a narrow base is called a constricted pyramid. 
  • It represents low fertility, low mortality, high life expectancy and ageing of population. 
  • It is typically associated with very advanced countries which have a high level of literacy, easy access to birth control measures and very good health and medical facilities.


Population Attributes - Population Growth
  • The size of a population for any species is not a static parameter, it keeps changing with time.
  • The density of a population in a given habitat during a given period, fluctuates due to the four basic processes:
    • Natality refers to the number of births during a given period in the population that are added to initial density.
    • Mortality is the number of deaths in the population during a given period.
    • Immigration is the number of individuals of the same species that have come into the habitat from elsewhere during the time period under consideration.
    • Emigration is the number of individuals of a population who left the habitat and moved elsewhere during a given period of time.
  • Out of these four, natality and immigration contribute an increase in population density while mortality and emigration contribute to the decrease in population density.
  • So, if N is the population density at time t, then its density at time t +1 is:

N_{t+1} = N_{t} + [(B + I) – (D + E)]- (D+E)]

N = Population density
t = Time,
B = Birth rate,
I = Immigration,
D = Death rate,
E = Emigration

  • From the above equations, we can see that population density will increase if, (B + I) is more than (D + E).


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Reference Books

Population & Its Attributes: Population Size or Density

Biology Textbook for Class XII

Page No. : 228

Line : 33

Population Attributes - Age Pyramid

Biology Textbook for Class XII

Page No. : 227

Line : 26

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