Processes on Complex Networks

Introduces your class to random processes in networks with an activity that uses information about disease spread using the susceptible, infectious, resistant (SIR) model. Participants determine whether a susceptible person becomes infectious by flipping a coin. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Instead of demonstrating the spread of the disease, have pupils begin with the same scenario and run the simulation themselves using a coin flip
  • Research random processes in networks and find simulations for them
Classroom Considerations

  • The class should understand how to use graphs to represent complex networks
  • The third in a four-part series

  • The resource includes a vocabulary list and definitions
  • The assessment section provides questions to ask the class to determine whether they understand the concept

  • The lesson plan does not provide clear guidance on the way to teach information to the class
Common Core