Education Technology

NUMB3RS - Season 3 - "Nine Wives" - A Breed Apart

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

In "Nine Wives," the FBI enlists Charlie's help to find he leader of a polygamous cult, Abner 'The Prophet' Stone. Charlie and the FBI find his trailer, but it is empty except for a quilt and a picture of a family tree that shows some inbreeding in the lineage of the cult. Charlie is able to use these diagrams to calculate The Prophet's 'inbreeding coefficient' to assist in determining his location.
Students will calculate the inbreeding coefficients given a family tree.

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.