Education Technology

From Rumor to Chaos

Published on 12/22/2011

Activity Overview

This lesson involves modeling the spread of a rumor and similar problems.

Objectives

  • Students will model the spread of a rumor using a recursive sequence.
  • Students will understand that variations in the recursive sequence modeling the spread of a rumor or a disease can lead to predictable or chaotic behavior.

Vocabulary

  • recursive sequence

About the Lesson

This lesson involves modeling the spread of a rumor and similar problems.
As a result, students will:

  • Find and analyze a recursive sequence modeling the spread of a rumor.
  • Explore variations in this sequence that lead to predictable and chaotic behavior.