Education Technology

NUMB3RS - Season 3 - "Democracy " - All Shook Up

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

In "Democracy", Charlie tries to convince Oswald Kitner to join CalSci's academic program, and gives him the following problem: "Suppose there are five couples at a party. People shake hands, but no one shakes hands with the person they came with. At one point, one man asks the nine others how many hands they shook, and gets nine different answers. How many hands did the man himself shake?" In this activity, students use inductive reasoning to solve this take on the 'classic' handshake problem.

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.