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NUMB3RS - Season 1 - "Sniper Zero" - Exponential Modeling

Published on 11/19/2006

Activity Overview

In the episode, Charlie demonstrates that the frequency of sniper victims, as a function of time, follows an exponential pattern. He uses this information to convince the FBI agents that there is "an epidemic of copycat snipers." In this activity, students will examine exponential growth and use an exponential regression model in the context of numbers of cellular telephone subscribers.

Before the Activity

Download the attached PDF and look over the Teacher Page.

During the Activity

Download the attached TI-Navigator files for use during the lesson.

After the Activity

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