Education Technology

NUMB3RS - Season 3 - "Brutus" - The Orchard Problem

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

In this episode, Charlie remembers Euclid's Orchard Problem when his facial recognition program fails to find a match when searching for a renegade CIA agent. Charlie explains that when looking at an orchard from the sky, you can see all of the trees that comprise it; however, if you stand on the ground, the view is considerably different. Some of the trees block your view of others.
This activity explores ideas related to the Orchard 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.