In "Contenders," David's friend, Ben Ellis, is a suspect of two murders. The FBI can not find Ben when he stops using his cell phone. Charlie explains that Ben may be using a friend's cell phone and might be identified by his unique calling pattern, so he compares the cell phone records of Ben and his friends. If Ben's pattern is found in a friend's records, then Ben's location may be revealed.
Students will use scatter plots and regression models to find patterns in data.
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.