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NUMB3RS - Season 3 - "End of Watch" - Critical Maths

Activity Overview

In "End of Watch", Charlie is trying to understand the possible paths taken by a murder suspect. He realizes that he needs to consider the paths of both the suspect and the victim. He refers to and discusses Critical Path Analysis (CPA) as a mathematical way of finding the most efficient way to complete a set of tasks. In the case of the victim, it was the timeline for the day he was killed. In this activity, students will apply CPA to making a schedule.

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.