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Design your Christmas light display: Pattern:
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There are many wonderful patterns in Pascal's triangle and they make excellent designs for Christmas tree lighting. Choose a number pattern from the dropdown box above, set the timing and colour then add it to the instructions for the lighting display. Press the Run Light Show button to see your creation.
During your display each light will stay on for one second so setting a light to come on every 1 second effectively means that light stays on for the whole display time.
Patterns chosen further down the dropdown list may overwrite some of the lights in the patterns chosen higher up the list.
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Thursday, October 18, 2018
"Creating this activity was the most interesting project I have tackled for ages. I discovered many more patterns in Pascal's triangle than I thought were there. Creating the algorithms and formulas to identify the hexagons that need to light up for any chosen pattern was a great example of Maths in action and a very satisfying experience. Here is the first light show I created on completing the project: First Light Show. I'm sure you can do much better. Have fun!"