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NUMB3RS - Season 1 - "Identity Crisis" - Exponential Growth

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

In "Identity Crisis," Charlie talks about how exponential growth is used by thieves in fraud cases. He discusses a pyramid scheme, where each person is recruiting 2 or more people to enroll into the scheme, getting them to pay for a product which is usually never being delivered. He goes on to use the analogy of paper folding to explain the geometric progression. In this activity, students will explore exponential growth by investigating two different options for receiving a weekly allowance.

Before the Activity

Download the attached PDF and look over the Teacher Page. Also download the attached TI-Navigator files for use during the lesson.

During the Activity

Discuss the materials from the Student Page with your class.

After the Activity

Encourage students to explore Web sites and questions from the Extensions Page.