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Module 5

Question:
The Hardy-Weinberg law (equation) is a mathematical model in which allele frequencies in populations remain constant from generation to generation. Given all the conditions that must be met for the Hardy-Weinberg equation to be valid, why is this equation useful for studying population genetics?
Answer:
It is useful because if a population breaks from Hardy-Weinberg, you know that one of the conditions are not being met. This is a convenient way to mathematically decide if natural selection is occurring.
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Question: The Hardy-Weinberg law (equation) is a mathematical model in which allele frequencies in populations remain constant from generation to generation. Given all the conditions that must be met for the Hardy-Weinberg equation to be valid, why is this equation useful for studying population genetics?
Answer: It is useful because if a population breaks from Hardy-Weinberg, you know that one of the conditions are not being met. This is a convenient way to mathematically decide if natural selection is occurring.