Education Technology

NUMB3RS - Season 2 - "Protest" - A Party of Six

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

In "Protest," Charlie uses social network analysis to try to identify modern day criminals by tracing them through past social relationships. Students might wonder how mathematics could possibly be useful in the context of social relationships.
This activity exposes students to a simple social problem, and illustrates how the branch of combinatorics known as graph theory can be used to solve it.

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.