Education Technology

NUMB3RS - Season 3 - "The Art of Reckoning" - Spies Like Us

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

In "The Art of Reckoning," Charlie discusses the security of a prison. "It's a hyper-secure system, but prisoners have nothing to do except think about how to crack it. Like two opposing armies." Charlie explains that analyzing such a situation involves determining the 'probabilities of penetration' by considering the ratio of vulnerable points to the resources required to defend that point.
In this activity, students analyze a game in which a spy is attempting to break into a fort.

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.