Education Technology

NUMB3RS - Season 2 - "Mind Games" - Walkabout

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

In "Mind Games," Charlie uses the Fokker-Planck equation to predict the movement of illegal immigrants. The equation is used to predict the likely movement of something under the influence of external forces. It was originally developed to study Brownian motion, the apparently random movement of a particle as it bounces off other particles. Brownian motion is an example of a random walk.

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.