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Sixational

The nth term of a sequence is given by the formula n^3 + 11n . Find the first four terms of the sequence given by this formula and the first term of the sequence which is bigger than one million. Prove that all terms of the sequence are divisible by 6.

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LOGO Challenge - Sequences and Pentagrams

Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?

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Dalmatians

Investigate the sequences obtained by starting with any positive 2 digit number (10a+b) and repeatedly using the rule 10a+b maps to 10b-a to get the next number in the sequence.

Route to Root

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A sequence of numbers $x_1, x_2, x_3, \ldots$ , starts with $x_1 = 2$, and, if you know any term $x_n$, you can find the next term $x_{n+1}$ using the formula: $$x_{n+1} = \frac{1}{2}\bigl(x_n + \frac{3}{x_n}\bigr)$$ Calculate the first six terms of this sequence. What do you notice? Calculate a few more terms and find the squares of the terms. Can you prove that the special property you notice about this sequence will apply to all the later terms of the sequence?

Write down a formula to give an approximation to the cube root of a number and test it for the cube root of 3 and the cube root of 8. How many terms of the sequence do you have to take before you get the cube root of 8 correct to as many decimal places as your calculator will give?

What happens when you try this method for fourth roots or fifth roots etc.?