In "Toxin," the FBI tracks a serial poisoner who uses contaminated drugs. In this activity, the FBI intercepted an encrypted message they believe contains a phone number that could lead to an "insider" who may be helping the poisoner. Don suggests using a computer to start trying to break the code. Charlie proposes that first they gather as much information as possible and use Information Theory to help determine how long it this might take.
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.