Material Detail

Web PopGen

Web PopGen

A Hardy-Weinberg based population genetics simulator. This program assumes a single gene and two alleles. Simulation of allele frequency changes similar to Felsenstein's Simul8 or PopG. Simulates changes in allele frequency based on violations of assumptions of Hardy Weinberg. User may vary starting allele frequency, population size, genotypic fitness, mutation and migration rates and bottleneck population size. Allele frequencies for p and q are graphed for up to 5 populations. When a single population is simulated both allele frequency and genotype frequencies are graphed.


More about this material


Log in to participate in the discussions or sign up if you are not already a MERLOT member.
Topher Gee
Topher Gee (Faculty)
13 years ago
Hardy-Weinberg simulator. With one population, both allele and genotype frequencies are plotted. Up to five populations may be simulated simultaneously. When more than one population is simulated, the graphs show the p or q frequencies. This should be drawn to students' attention to avoid confusion. I've used this in a second semester majors' lab course in conjunction with other Hardy-Weinberg lab activities. Both students and TAs spoke favorably of it. I will continue to use it.

Technical Remarks:

Controls are not entirely intuitive. Help option provides explanations at a sophisticated level. Requires Flash 5.0 or higher.
Used in course? Yes