Education Technology

NUMB3RS - Season 3 - "The Art of Reckoning" - To C or Not to C

Published on 04/19/2007

Activity Overview

In "The Art of Reckoning", a convicted killer offers to give the FBI a detailed confession if they will let him visit his daughter. Don wants to pry information from him without giving too much in return. Charlie suggests that they use a game theory strategy called 'tit-for-tat', from the 'game' entitled Prisoner's Dilemma. In this activity, students will test different strategies for the game Prisoner's Dilemma.

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.