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NUMB3RS - Season 1 - "Sabotage" - It All Started with a Pair of Rabbits

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

In the episode "Sabotage," Charlie mentions the Fibonacci numbers in an attempt to explain the importance and beauty of mathematics found in nature. In his book, Liber Abaci, Fibonacci posed a seemingly straightforward problem about the number of rabbits produced in one year given a specific breeding pattern. The solution to the problem gave rise to what we now call Fibonacci Numbers.
Students will explore Fibonacci Numbers as they relate to nature.

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.