# Iteration

## Find approximate solutions to equations numerically using iteration.

##### FibonacciLevel 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Exam-StyleDescriptionHelpMore Algebra

This is level 1: generating sequences using next term rule. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 5 questions correct.

 1. A sequence begins with the number 11 and then each of the following terms is 4 more than the previous term.This can be written as $$x_n = x_{n-1} + 4$$ where $$x_1 = 11$$.What is the second term of this sequence? 2. Find the third term of the sequence given by $$x_n = x_{n-1} + 7$$The first term of the sequence $$x_1 = 15$$. 3. Find the fourth term of the sequence given by $$x_n = x_{n-1} - 3$$The first term of the sequence $$x_1 = 14$$. 4. Find the fifth term of the sequence given by $$x_n = 2x_{n-1} + 1$$The first term of the sequence $$x_1 = 2$$. 5. Find the fifth term of the sequence given by $$x_n = 2x_{n-1}^2 + 2$$The third term of the sequence $$x_3 = 3$$. 6. Find the first term of the sequence given by $$x_n = 5x_{n-1} - 5$$The third term of the sequence $$x_3 = 420$$.
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Fibonacci Probably the first iterative example learners will encounter is the Finonacci sequence. A simple rule exists for finding the next term of the sequence from the previous two.

Level 1 - Generating sequences using next term rule.

Level 2 - Rearranging equations.

Level 3 - Using flowcharts to define iterations.

Level 4 - Solving equations to one decimal place.

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