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Sequences

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A lesson starter does not have to be on the same topic as the main part of the lesson or the topic of the previous lesson. It is often very useful to revise or explore other concepts by using a starter based on a totally different area of Mathematics.

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Sequences Starters:

Add 'em: Add up a sequence of consecutive numbers. Can you find a quick way to do it?

House Numbers: The numbers on five houses next to each other add up to 70. What are those five numbers?

Missing Terms: Find the missing terms from these linear sequences.

One one: Continue the given number pattern with the help of a little lateral thinking.

Sea Shells: A question which can be best answered by using algebra.

Sequence Dancing: Find the next term of the number sequences.

Sign Sequences: Continue the sequences if you can work out the rule.

Spider Sequences: Find the next term of the given number sequences. Can you also find a general rule for predicting the nth term of the sequence?

To Be Continued: Work out the next term in the given sequences.

Windmill Sequence: Find the value of the missing term of the sequence. It is easier than you may think!

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A game involving mental arithmetic and strategy for two players or one player against the computer. It is possible to beat the computer but you need a well thought out strategy.

 

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Notes:

A pattern of numbers following a rule is called a sequence. There are many different types of sequence and this topic introduces pupils to some of them.

The most basic sequences of numbers is formed by adding a constant to a term to get the next term of the sequence. This rule can be expressed as a linear equation and the terms of the sequence when plotted as a series of coordinates forms a straight line. More complex sequences are investigated where the rule is not a linear function. Other well-known sequences includes the Fibonacci sequence where the rule for obtaining the next term depends on the previous two terms.

Sequences can be derived from shapes and patterns. A growing patterns of squares or triangles formed from toothpicks is often used to show linear sequences in a very practical way. Diagrams representing sequences provides interesting display material for the classroom.

Typically pupils are challenged to find the next term of a given sequence but a deeper understanding is needed to find intermediate terms, 100th term or the nth term of a sequence.

Sequences Teacher Resources:

Counter: A dynamic visual aid that counts! Choose the first term, common difference and the speed

Mystic Rose: Investigate the properties of the Mystic Rose by using this interactive diagram.

Sequence Generator: An online app which produces number sequences as words.

Sequences Activities:

Fibonacci Quest: A number of self marking quizzes based on the fascinating Fibonacci Sequence.

Interest: Practise using the formulas for simple interest and compound interest.

Iteration: Find approximate solutions to equations numerically using iteration.

Matchstick Patterns: Create a formula to describe the nth term of a sequence by examining the structure of the diagrams.

Missing Terms: Can you work out which numbers are missing from these number sequences?

Quadratic Sequences: Deduce expressions to calculate the nth term of quadratic sequences.

Sequences: Find the next term, the 100th term and the nth term of these linear sequences.

Tower of Hanoi: Move the pieces of the tower from one place to another in the minimum number of moves.

Watsadoo: Rotate the cogs to catch the flying numbers in the correct sections.

Finally there is Topic Test, a set of 10 randomly chosen, multiple choice questions suggested by people from around the world.

Alternatively, for the more advanced student, there is an ever-growing collection of Exam-Style Questions with worked solutions on the topic of Sequences.

Sequences Investigations:

Aunt Lucy's Legacy: Decide which of the four schemes Aunt Lucy proposes will provide the most money. This investigation involves the sum of sequences as well as considering life expectancy.

Four Ever: Generate a number sequence based on the number of letters needed to spell the previous number.

Mystic Rose: Investigate the properties of the Mystic Rose by using this interactive diagram.

Steps: Investigate this growing sequence of steps.

Tower of Hanoi: Move the pieces of the tower from one place to another in the minimum number of moves.

Sequences Videos:

Nature By Numbers: Cristóbal Vila created this short animated film that deals with geometric formulas that appear in nature such as the Fibonacci Sequence.

The magic of Fibonacci numbers: Arthur Benjamin gives a TED talk on Fibonacci numbers.

Sequences Worksheets/Printables:

How Many Squares? 1: A printable grid containing many copies of the design used in the shape counting Starter.

How Many Squares? 2: A printable grid containing many copies of the design used in the second shape counting Starter.

How Many Squares? 3: A printable grid containing many copies of the design used in the third shape counting Starter.

Mystic Roses: Eighteen mystic roses to print out to help with the investigation.

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