Education Technology

NUMB3RS - Season 3 - "Take Out" - No Fly Zone

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

In "Take Out", a series of restaurant robberies prompts the FBI to ask Charlie to help predict the restaurant most likely to be targeted next. Charlie says that it can be thought of like a spider catching its prey in a web. Even the best constructed web can not catch all insects. There exist regions where it will be safe for the insect to fly through. In this activity, students will explore these 'safe regions' by examining the structure of a web using geometric probability.

Before the Activity

Download the attached PDF and look over the Teacher Page.

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.