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NUMB3RS - Season 3 - "Provenance" - Matrix Operations

Activity Overview

In "Provenance," Charlie uses a Network Diffusion Probability Model to help determine where a stolen Pissarro painting might have been shipped. Charlie explains that this model "helps track the flow of objects through networks." In this activity, students will use probability matrices to represent this situation and use an iterative process of matrix multiplication to determine the probable location of the painting over time.

Before the Activity

Download the attached TI-Navigator files for use during the lesson.

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.