# Missing Terms

## Find the missing terms of arithmetic, geometric and Fibonacci-type sequences in this self marking quiz.

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Here are some geometric sequences. Can you figure out the missing terms? You will be awarded a trophy if you get at least 9 correct and you do this activity online.

 2,  6,  18,  54, 4,  16,  64,  256, 6,  -12,  24,  -48, 6,  18,  __  , 5,  20,  __  , 9,  18,  __  , 11,  __  ,  99, 10,  __  ,  160, 17,  __  ,  __  ,  -136, 18,  ,  162,  -486 15,  ,  __  ,  -960 20,  __  ,  ,  -160
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## Instructions

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"This is an excellent activity to make pupils think about the structure of a sequence rather than just learning a set of rules. It has worked very successfully for eleven year olds as well as sixteen year olds and is also an activity that can be done by pupils working in pairs. When pupils work with others the conversation about the methods they are using is very revealing."

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## Description of Levels

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Level 1 - Arithmetic sequences (positive numbers only)

Level 2 - Arithmetic sequences (including negative numbers)

Level 3 - Geometric sequences

Level 4 - Fibonacci-type sequences

Level 5 - Miscellaneous sequences

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## Sequences

Levels 1 and 2 consist of arithmetic sequences where each term is a fixed amount more than the previous term.

If the first term is a and the fixed amount (common difference) is d then the nth term is:

### a + (n−1)d

Level 3 consists of geometric sequences where each term is the the previous term multiplied by a fixed amount.

If the first term is a and the fixed amount (common ratio) is r then the nth term is:

### a × rn−1

Level 4 introduces sequences similar to the Fibonacci sequence. Each new term can be calculated by adding previous terms (usually the previous two terms). The original Fibonacci sequence is:

### 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34...

Level 5 is a mixture of sequence questions designed to make the most of your problem solving strategies.

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