Use this interactivity to sort out the steps of the proof of the formula for the sum of an arithmetic series. The 'thermometer' will tell you how you are doing
When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...
A polite number can be written as the sum of two or more
consecutive positive integers. Find the consecutive sums giving the
polite numbers 544 and 424. What characterizes impolite numbers?
Show that if three prime numbers, all greater than 3, form an
arithmetic progression then the common difference is divisible by
6. What if one of the terms is 3?
The picture illustrates the sum 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = (4 x 5)/2. Prove the general formula for the sum of the first n natural numbers and the formula for the sum of the cubes of the first n natural. . . .
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you make two lights switch on at once? Three lights? All four lights?
In y = ax +b when are a, -b/a, b in arithmetic progression. The
polynomial y = ax^2 + bx + c has roots r1 and r2. Can a, r1, b, r2
and c be in arithmetic progression?
Find the sum, f(n), of the first n terms of the sequence: 0, 1, 1,
2, 2, 3, 3........p, p, p +1, p + 1,..... Prove that f(a + b) - f(a
- b) = ab.
Prove that sqrt2, sqrt3 and sqrt5 cannot be terms of ANY arithmetic
This group tasks allows you to search for arithmetic progressions
in the prime numbers. How many of the challenges will you discover
Let S1 = 1 , S2 = 2 + 3, S3 = 4 + 5 + 6 ,........ Calculate S17.
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...
Cellular is an animation that helps you make geometric sequences
composed of square cells.
A story for students about adding powers of integers - with a festive twist.
Watch the video to see how Charlie works out the sum. Can you adapt his method?
Watch the video to see how to add together an arithmetic sequence of numbers efficiently.