Luis makes a recurring pattern from the letters in his name.
After how many letters would the 7th 'S' appear?
What would be the 26th letter in this pattern?
What would be the 492nd letter in this pattern?
Tweet about this starter  Share 
Topics: Starter  LCM  Number
How did you use this starter? Can you suggest
how teachers could present or develop this resource? Do you have any comments? It is always useful to receive
feedback and helps make this free resource even more useful for Maths teachers anywhere in the world.
Click here to enter your comments.
If you don't have the time to provide feedback we'd really appreciate it if you could give this page a score! We are constantly improving and adding to these starters so it would be really helpful to know which ones are most useful. Simply click on a button below:
This starter has scored a mean of 3.2 out of 5 based on 120 votes.
Previous Day  This starter is for 24 October  Next Day
Note to teacher: Doing this activity once with a class helps students develop strategies. It is only when they do this activity a second time that they will have the opportunity to practise those strategies. That is when the learning is consolidated. Click the button above to regenerate another version of this starter from random numbers.
The facility to enter the names of the students in your own class into this Starter is available to Transum subscribers.
The solutions to this and other Transum puzzles, exercises and activities are available here when you are signed in to ydour Transum subscription account. If you do not yet have an account and you are a teacher, tutor or parent you can apply for one here.
Teacher, do your students have
access to computers? 

Here a concise URL for a version of this page without the comments.
Transum.org/go/?Start=October24
Repeating sequences can be easily created by dragging a selected range of cells in Excel. If everyone in the class created a repeating sequence from the letters in their first names, at what letter position would everyone in the class have the first letter of their names (after the first position of course!)
Here is the URL which will take them to a related activity.