Resources tagged with: Geometric sequences

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There are 27 NRICH Mathematical resources connected to Geometric sequences, you may find related items under Patterns, Sequences and Structure.

Broad Topics > Patterns, Sequences and Structure > Geometric sequences

Clickety Click and All the Sixes

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

What is the sum of: 6 + 66 + 666 + 6666 ............+ 666666666...6 where there are n sixes in the last term?

Sixty-seven Squared

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Evaluate these powers of 67. What do you notice? Can you convince someone what the answer would be to (a million sixes followed by a 7) squared?

Tiny Nines

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

What do you notice about these families of recurring decimals?

Circles Ad Infinitum

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

A circle is inscribed in an equilateral triangle. Smaller circles touch it and the sides of the triangle, the process continuing indefinitely. What is the sum of the areas of all the circles?

Converging Product

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

In the limit you get the sum of an infinite geometric series. What about an infinite product (1+x)(1+x^2)(1+x^4)... ?

The Amazing Splitting Plant

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?

Vanishing Point

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

How can visual patterns be used to prove sums of series?

Pocket Money

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Which of these pocket money systems would you rather have?

Double Trouble

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Simple additions can lead to intriguing results...

Summing Geometric Progressions

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

Watch the video to see how to sum the sequence. Can you adapt the method to sum other sequences?

Clickety Click

Age 16 to 18 Short Challenge Level:

What is the sum of: 6 + 66 + 666 + 6666 ............+ 666666666...6 where there are n sixes in the last term?

Geometric Parabola

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Explore what happens when you draw graphs of quadratic equations with coefficients based on a geometric sequence.

Mobile Numbers

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

In this investigation, you are challenged to make mobile phone numbers which are easy to remember. What happens if you make a sequence adding 2 each time?

Production Equation

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Each week a company produces X units and sells p per cent of its stock. How should the company plan its warehouse space?

Investigating Pascal's Triangle

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

In this investigation, we look at Pascal's Triangle in a slightly different way - rotated and with the top line of ones taken off.

Von Koch Curve

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Make a poster using equilateral triangles with sides 27, 9, 3 and 1 units assembled as stage 3 of the Von Koch fractal. Investigate areas & lengths when you repeat a process infinitely often.

Sierpinski Triangle

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

What is the total area of the triangles remaining in the nth stage of constructing a Sierpinski Triangle? Work out the dimension of this fractal.

Golden Fibs

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

When is a Fibonacci sequence also a geometric sequence? When the ratio of successive terms is the golden ratio!

Generally Geometric

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Generalise the sum of a GP by using derivatives to make the coefficients into powers of the natural numbers.

Smaller and Smaller

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Can you predict, without drawing, what the perimeter of the next shape in this pattern will be if we continue drawing them in the same way?

Ruler

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

The interval 0 - 1 is marked into halves, quarters, eighths ... etc. Vertical lines are drawn at these points, heights depending on positions. What happens as this process goes on indefinitely?

Transformations Tables

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

These grids are filled according to some rules - can you complete them?

Proof Sorter - Geometric Series

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Can you correctly order the steps in the proof of the formula for the sum of a geometric series?

Sum the Series

Age 16 to 18

This article by Alex Goodwin, age 18 of Madras College, St Andrews describes how to find the sum of 1 + 22 + 333 + 4444 + ... to n terms.

Squaring the Circle and Circling the Square

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

If you continue the pattern, can you predict what each of the following areas will be? Try to explain your prediction.

Binary Squares

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

If a number N is expressed in binary by using only 'ones,' what can you say about its square (in binary)?

The Great Tiling Count

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.