Curb the Epidemic!

Class members use an applet on the Internet to simulate the spread of a disease. The simulation allows individuals to determine two nodes to vaccinate to limit the number of nodes infected. By running several simulations, scholars can assess the effectiveness of their plan. 

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign pupils nodes to vaccinate and compare the results
  • Determine if there are two nodes to vaccinate that will always end up with the same number of infected nodes
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members need a computer with Internet access
  • The final installment of a four-part series
  • The resource provides pointers on how the applet works
  • The worksheet gives an organizational structure to running the applet
  • The applet runs on JAVA and may not run on your browser
Common Core