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NUMB3RS - Season 1 - "Vector" - SIR Models

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

When an unknown contaminant causes an increasing number of deaths in Los Angeles, the FBI calls in Charlie to find the source of the outbreak. In determining the source, Charlie uses a SIR Model to make predictions about the epidemic and to make judgments on its strength.
This activity will focus on developing the SIR Model and applying it to a population. It will also make use of the calculator to store lists and create scatter plots for analysis.

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. Share the attached lists with your students.

After the Activity

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