The Friendship Algorithm: How to scientifically choose your friends

Dr. Sheldon Cooper, PhD from the Big Bang Theory has come up with a hypothesis that may have revealed the formula to friendship, have your students learn about algorithms and see if they can crack the code to life’s biggest questions.

Flowcharts are used by coders and programmers in the tech startup and app development industry to graphically depict the algorithms the programmers want to convert to code. Students will view the example provided and attempt to produce their own algorithms to gain a basic understanding of programming and idea mapping.


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Lesson Plan

Have students watch the video clip and review the friendship algorithm chart as a class. Allow students time to discuss and analyze the chart as a class, sharing their thoughts as to whether they would make any revisions or add new steps.

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