# Exploring Number Patterns Do Vampires Really Exist ? Summary Sometimes the most offbeat subjects inspire the best math lessons. In this activity, you will.

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Exploring Number Patterns Do Vampires Really Exist ? Summary Sometimes the most offbeat subjects inspire the best math lessons. In this activity, you will see how math skills and computer tools come in handy for exploring the truly scary subject of vampires. Objectives To identify and extend a number pattern into very large values, create and interpret a graph, and compare a math model with real-world statistics. How to Begin 1. Launch Excel and set up a new worksheet with headings and formatting like the example above. (Hint: Double-click on the top of the vertical line between columns to fit column widths to your headings.) Enter no data yet. 2. You will now use mathematics to prove once and for all if vampires really exist. We will need to start with some basic assumptions first. Assumptions One Vampire does exist. That vampire must suck one person’s blood each week to survive. Once a person is bitten by a vampire, he or she becomes a vampire. 3. On your worksheet, type in the statistics for Week 0 as shown above. Then type in stats for Week 1 (1 person bitten, 2 vampires at large) and Week 2 (2 more people bitten, 4 vamps on the prowl). Is math powerful enough to keep vampires away? What you discover may be shocking! © 2006 Certiport.com