Resources tagged with: Describing patterns and sequences

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Broad Topics > Patterns, Sequences and Structure > Describing patterns and sequences

Lastly - Well

Age 11 to 14
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What are the last two digits of 2^(2^2003)?

Triangle Numbers

Age 11 to 14
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Take a look at the multiplication square. The first eleven triangle numbers have been identified. Can you see a pattern? Does the pattern continue?

Train Spotters' Paradise

Age 11 to 16

Dave Hewitt suggests that there might be more to mathematics than looking at numerical results, finding patterns and generalising.

Seven Squares - Group-worthy Task

Age 11 to 14
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Choose a couple of the sequences. Try to picture how to make the next, and the next, and the next... Can you describe your reasoning?

Impossibilities

Age 11 to 14
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Just because a problem is impossible doesn't mean it's difficult...

Beach Huts

Age 11 to 14
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Can you figure out how sequences of beach huts are generated?

Magic Crosses

Age 7 to 14
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Can you find examples of magic crosses? Can you find all the possibilities?

Sept 03

Age 11 to 14
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What is the last digit of the number 1 / 5^903 ?

Maxagon

Age 11 to 14
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What's the greatest number of sides a polygon on a dotty grid could have?

Magic Letters

Age 11 to 14
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Charlie has made a Magic V. Can you use his example to make some more? And how about Magic Ls, Ns and Ws?

Partly Painted Cube

Age 14 to 16
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Jo made a cube from some smaller cubes, painted some of the faces of the large cube, and then took it apart again. 45 small cubes had no paint on them at all. How many small cubes did Jo use?

Days and Dates

Age 11 to 14
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Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...

Fibonacci Surprises

Age 11 to 14
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Play around with the Fibonacci sequence and discover some surprising results!

Odds, Evens and More Evens

Age 11 to 14
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Alison, Bernard and Charlie have been exploring sequences of odd and even numbers, which raise some intriguing questions...

Tower of Hanoi

Age 11 to 14
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The Tower of Hanoi is an ancient mathematical challenge. Working on the building blocks may help you to explain the patterns you notice.

Steps to the Podium

Age 7 to 14
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It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!

Growing Surprises

Age 11 to 14
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Can you find the connections between linear and quadratic patterns?

Seven Squares

Age 11 to 14
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Watch these videos to see how Phoebe, Alice and Luke chose to draw 7 squares. How would they draw 100?

Picturing Triangular Numbers

Age 11 to 14
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Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?

Pocket Money

Age 11 to 14
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Which of these pocket money systems would you rather have?

Digital Roots

Age 7 to 14

In this article for teachers, Bernard Bagnall describes how to find digital roots and suggests that they can be worth exploring when confronted by a sequence of numbers.

Shifting Times Tables

Age 11 to 14
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Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up or down?

Frogs

Age 11 to 14
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How many moves does it take to swap over some red and blue frogs? Do you have a method?

Summing Consecutive Numbers

Age 11 to 14
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15 = 7 + 8 and 10 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers?

Pattern Power

Age 5 to 14

Mathematics is the study of patterns. Studying pattern is an opportunity to observe, hypothesise, experiment, discover and create.

Attractive Tablecloths

Age 14 to 16
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Charlie likes tablecloths that use as many colours as possible, but insists that his tablecloths have some symmetry. Can you work out how many colours he needs for different tablecloth designs?

Painted Cube

Age 14 to 16
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Imagine a large cube made from small red cubes being dropped into a pot of yellow paint. How many of the small cubes will have yellow paint on their faces?

Changing Places

Age 14 to 16
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Place a red counter in the top left corner of a 4x4 array, which is covered by 14 other smaller counters, leaving a gap in the bottom right hand corner (HOME). What is the smallest number of moves. . . .

Paving Paths

Age 11 to 14
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How many different ways can I lay 10 paving slabs, each 2 foot by 1 foot, to make a path 2 foot wide and 10 foot long from my back door into my garden, without cutting any of the paving slabs?

Elevenses

Age 11 to 14
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How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?

1 Step 2 Step

Age 11 to 14
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Liam's house has a staircase with 12 steps. He can go down the steps one at a time or two at time. In how many different ways can Liam go down the 12 steps?

Picturing Square Numbers

Age 11 to 14
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Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?

Quadratic Patterns

Age 11 to 14
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Surprising numerical patterns can be explained using algebra and diagrams...

Farey Sequences

Age 11 to 14
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There are lots of ideas to explore in these sequences of ordered fractions.

Even Up

Age 11 to 14 Short
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Consider all of the five digit numbers which we can form using only the digits 2, 4, 6 and 8. If these numbers are arranged in ascending order, what is the 512th number?

Cuisenaire Environment

Age 5 to 16
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An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.