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Self-Replicating Viruses & Tessellations
Movie: Matrix Reloaded

By Cynthia Kirkeby
Aug 26, 2006, 12:51 PST

Self-Replicating Viruses & Tessellations
A Lesson Plan for Matrix Reloaded

Grade Level:
7-12, College

Science, Technology

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Film: Matrix Reloaded

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Author: Cynthia Kirkeby

Affiliation: ClassBrain, Inc.

Date: 9 June 2003

Duration: 1 - 2 Class Periods


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Agent Smith in Matrix Reloaded is independent of the System. He is an independent entity within the computer system. He has also learned to recreate himself by taking over other organisms. Agent Smith has become a self-replicating virus.

Topic Questions:

How do self-replicating viruses spread themselves?
What are the most famous computer viruses?
What is the difference between a virus, a trojan, and a worm?


Project 1: Create a drawing that represents a self-replicating virus. Since a self-replicating virus duplicates itself, tessellations make a good visual representation.

Project 2: Write a paper on one specific type of computer virus. Cover the history of the virus type, current solutions, and future concerns.

Project 3: Write a story about Agent Smith and his ability to replicate within the system. What will he do inside the Matrix?

Learning Links:

Viruses, Trojans, Worms, and Hoaxes
Learn the difference between each of these computer organisms and how they can effect your computer. You can also find the latest virus warnings and how to protect your machine.
Source: CyberAngels

Click for the Official Shop of The Matrix!

The Five Most Famous Computer Viruses
Learn what Michelangelo, Melissa, and The Brain have in common.
Source: Tech TV - Screensavers

Definitions and Basic Concepts
This page has relatively easy-to-understand definitions of each of these computer related terms, including: variant, stealth virus, encrypted virus, trojan horse, and more.
Source: Computer Security Resource Center

Viruses and Other Unwelcome Artificial Life
This article has clear explanations of basic computer viruses and looks ahead at what may come next.
Source: Gary D. Robson, Journal of Court Reporting (Oct. 1999)

� Warner Bros.
Matrix Reloaded - The Official Site

Check out the official site. There is more here than first meets the eye. Be sure to click on the little TV screens next to each of the movie names. Each screen takes you to a different feature on the site.
Source: Warner Bros.

M.C. Escher - The Official Website
Find examples of this incredible artist’s work on this site under Gallery.
Source: M.C. Escher Foundation

Learn about tessellations and see some cool animated tessellations while you’re at it. The artwork is all by Robert Fathauer.
Source: Robert Fathauer

Tessellations - Step-by-Step
This tutorial takes you through the ins and outs of tessellations with the help of computer “paint” programs. The illustrations give you a good idea on how to approach the problem.
Source: T ‘n T

Creating Tessellations
This is a clearly drawn tutorial on tessellation construction. The tessellation model constructed around a triangle is especially helpful.
Source: The Geometry Pages

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