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NUMB3RS - Season 3 - "Under Pressure" - Close Encounters

Activity Overview

In "Under Pressure," Don's team is looking for a terrorist cell. Subgroups within the cell are connected by minimum contact, so the entire cell is not exposed if one group is discovered. Charlie explains that the structure of a terrorist cell is like a complex network, made up of nodes and edges, and that the cell structure can alter over time. In this activity, students will study how to measure certain statistics of a network and how changes in the network influence these measurements.

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.