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13 SEQUENCES
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1.1 Section title
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Neptune was the first planet to be found by mathematical prediction. It was found by
looking at the number patterns of the other planets in the Solar System, and its position
was correctly predicted to within a degree. Two scientists were eventually jointly credited
with the discovery, one British and one French, but it has since been shown that the Brits
took a bit too much of the credit!
Objectives
Before you start
In this chapter you will:
continue number patterns using the four rules of
number
continue patterns using pictures and give the
rule for continuing the pattern
use number machines to produce a number
pattern and write down the rule
complete a table of values using a number
machine and write down the rule
use the first difference to find the nth term
and use the nth term to find any number in a
sequence
identify whether or not a number is in a
sequence.
You need to know:
how to spot how a number pattern continues
that the numbers in number patterns
can get bigger
and get smaller
about odd numbers
about even numbers
that multiples are members of a multiplication
table, e.g. 3, 6, 9, 12 are multiples of 3.
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13.1 Sequences
Objectives
Why do this?
You can continue number patterns by adding
or subtracting, or multiplying or dividing by a
number.
You can give the term to term rules for
continuing number patterns.
You can continue patterns using pictures and
give the rule for continuing the pattern.
You may use sequences when learning a dance
routine or a note sequence when playing a musical
instrument.
Get Ready
Even numbers form a pattern
Odd numbers also form a pattern
2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, ... They go up in twos.
1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, ... These also go up in twos.
1. Write down all the even numbers up to 20.
2. Write down all the odd numbers up to 20.
3. Check that you have written all the numbers from 1 to 20.
Key Points
A sequence is a pattern of numbers or shapes that follows a rule.
Number patterns can be continued by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.
Patterns with pictures can be continued by finding the rule for continuing the pattern.
The numbers in a number pattern are called terms.
The term to term rules for continuing number patterns can be given. (This means you can say how you find a
term from the one before it.)
Continuing patterns by adding
Example 1
a 14  4  18
18  4  22
a Write down the next two numbers in this number pattern.
2
6
10
14
b What is the rule you use to find the next number in the number pattern?
c Find the 10th number in this pattern.
2
6
�4
10
�4
14
�4
18
�4
b To get the next number you add 4 each time.
c The 10th number in the pattern is 38.
2 6 10 14 18 22 26 30 34 38
Carry on the number pattern until you get to the 10th number in the pattern.
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terms
term to term rules
sequence
13.1 Sequences
Questions in this chapter are targeted at the grades indicated.
Exercise 13A
1
Find the two missing numbers in these number patterns.
For each pattern, write down the term to term rule.
a 3, 6, 9, __ , __ , 18, 21
b 3, 7, 11, __ , __ , 23, 27
c 5, 10, 15, 20, __ , __ , 35, 40
d 2, 7, 12, 17, __ , __ , 32, 37
e 1, 4, 7, 10, __ , __ , 19, 22
f 5, 7, 9, 11, __ , __ , 17, 19
g 3, 8, 13, 18, __ , __ , 33, 38
h 4, 7, 10, 13, __ , __ , 22, 25
i 2, 6, 10, 14, __ , __ , 26, 30
j 10, 20, 30, __ , __ , 60, 70
2
a Write down the next two numbers in these sequences.
Examiner’s Tip
i 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, …
ii 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, …
iii 3, 7, 11, 15, 19, …
iv 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, …
… means that the sequence
v 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, …
vi 5, 11, 17, 23, …
carries on.
vii 2, 6, 10, 14, 18, …
viii 1, 7, 13, 19, 25, …
ix 3, 11, 19, 27, 35, …
x 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, …
b Write down the rule you used to find the missing numbers in each sequence.
3
Find the 10th number of each of the number patterns in questions 1 and 2.
4
Jenny saves £2 each week in her piggy bank.
Here is the pattern of how her money grows.
Week
1
2
3
Money in piggy bank
2
4
6
F
E
4
5
a Copy and complete the table.
b Jenny is saving for a present for her Mum’s birthday that costs £20.
How many weeks will this take?
AO3
Continuing patterns by subtracting
Key Point
Number patterns can be continued by subtracting the same number from each term.
Example 2
a Write down the next two numbers in this number pattern.
60
54
48
42
36
b What is the rule you use to find the next number in the number pattern?
c Find the 8th number in this pattern.
a 36  6  30
30  6  24
60
54
�6
48
�6
42
�6
36
�6
To get to the next number you take away 6.
Take away 6 from 36 to get 30 then
take away 6 from 30 to get 24.
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b To get the next number you subtract 6 each time.
c The 8th number in the pattern is 18.
60 54 48 42 36 30 24 18
Carry on the number pattern until you get to the 8th number in the pattern.
Exercise 13B
F
1
Find the two missing numbers in these number patterns.
Write down the rule for each number pattern.
a 20, 18, 16, 14, __ , __ , 8
b 17, 15, 13, 11, __ , __ , 5
c 55, 50, 45, 40, __ , __ , 25
d 42, 37, 32, 27, __ , __ , 12
e 22, 19, 16, 13, __ , __ , 4
f 19, 17, 15, 13, __ , __ , 7
g 45, 38, 31, 24, __ , __ , 3
h 25, 22, 19, 16, __ , __ , 7
i 29, 25, 21, 17, __ , __ , 5
j 80, 70, 60, __ , __ , 30
2
a Write down the next two numbers in these sequences.
i 41, 37, 33, 29, …
ii 27, 24, 21, 18, …
iii 59, 55, 51, 47, …
iv 34, 31, 28, 25, …
v 30, 27, 24, 21, …
vi 61, 55, 49, 43, …
vii 22, 20, 18, 16, …
viii 51, 46, 41, 36, …
ix 64, 57, 50, 43, …
x 8, 6, 4, 2, 0, 2, …
b Write down the rule you used to find the missing numbers
in each sequence.
E
3
Find the 10th number of each of the number patterns in questions 1 and 2.
4
Abdul’s mother gives him £20 each week to buy his lunch.
His lunch costs him £3 each day.
Here is the pattern of how he spends his money.
Day
M
Tu
Money left at end of day
17
14
W
Th
F
a Copy and complete the table.
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b How much money will Abdul have left at the end of the week?
13.1 Sequences
Continuing number patterns by multiplying
Example 3
a Write down the next two numbers in this number pattern.
1
3
9
27
81
b What is the rule you use to find the next number in the number pattern?
c Find the 8th number in this pattern.
a 81  3  243
1
243  3  729
3
�3
9
�3
27
�3
81
�3
To get to the next number you multiply by 3.
Multiply 81 by 3 to get 243 then multiply
243 by 3 to get 729.
b To get the next number you multiply by 3 each time.
c The 8th number in the pattern is 2187.
1 3 9 27 81 243 729 2187
Carry on the number pattern until you get to the 8th
number in the pattern.
Exercise 13C
1
Find the missing numbers in these number patterns.
For each pattern, write down the rule.
a 1, 2, 4, 8, __ , __ , 64
b 1, 4, 16, 64, __ , 1024
c 1, 5, __ , 125, __ , 3125
d 1, 10, 100, __ , __ , 100 000
e 3, 6, 12, 24, __ , __ , 192
f 2, 6, 18, __ , __ , 486
g 2, 8, 32, __ , __ , 2048
h 2, 20, 200, 2000, __ , __ , 2 000 000
i 2, 10, 50, __ , __ , 6250
j 3, 15, 75, __ , 1875
2
a Write down the next two numbers in these sequences.
i 2, 4, 8, 16, …
ii 3, 9, 27, 81, …
iii 4, 16, 64, 256, …
iv 5, 25, 125, 625, …
v 5, 10, 20, 40, …
vi 4, 12, 36, 108, …
vii 10, 30, 90, 270, …
viii 5, 50, 500, 5000, …
ix 10, 20, 40, 80, …
x 6, 36, 216, 1296, …
b Write down the rule you used to find the missing number in each sequence.
3
Find the 10th number of each of the number patterns in questions 1 and 2.
4
The number of rabbits in a particular colony doubled every month for 10 months.
The table shows the beginning of the pattern.
Month
1
2
3
Number of rabbits
2
4
8
4
F
E
5
a Copy and complete the table.
b How many rabbits were in the colony in month 10?
AO2
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Chapter 13 Sequences
Continuing number patterns by dividing
Example 4
a Write down the next two numbers in this number pattern.
729
243
81
27
b What is the rule you use to find the next number in the number pattern?
c Find the 8th number in this pattern.
a 27  3  9
933
81
27
�3
9
�3
3
�3
1
�3
To get to the next number you divide by 3.
Divide 27 by 3 to get 9 then divide 9 by 3
to get 3.
b To get the next number you divide by 3 each time.
1
729 243 81 27 9 3 1 __
3
Carry on the number pattern until you get to
the 8th number in the pattern.
1
1  3  __
3
1
c The 8th number in the pattern is 1  3  __
3
Exercise 13D
F
E
1
Find the missing numbers in these number patterns.
Write down the rule for each number pattern.
a 64, 32, 16, 8, __ , __ , 1
b 1024, 256, 64, __ , 4
c 3125, 625, 125, __ , __ , 1
d 100 000, 10 000, 1000, __ , __ , 1
e 192, 96, 48, 24, __ , __ , 3
f 486, 162, 54, 18, __ , 2
g 1024, 512, 256, 128, __ , __ , 16
h 300 000, 30 000, 3000, __ , __ , 3
i 6250, 1250, 250, __ , __ , 2
j 2000, 200, 20, __ , __ , 0.02
2
a Write down the next two numbers in these sequences.
i 64, 32, 16, 8, …
ii 243, 81, 27, 9, …
iii 128, 64, 32, 16, …
iv 625, 125, 25, 5, …
v 80, 40, 20, 10, …
vi 972, 324, 108, 36, …
vii 2430, 810, 270, 90, …
viii 50 000, 5000, 500, 50, …
ix 160, 80, 40, 20, …
x 1296, 216, 36, 6, …
b Write down the rule you used to find the missing number in each sequence.
3
Find the 8th number of each of the number patterns in questions 1 and 2.
4
The number of radioactive atoms in a radioactive isotope halves every 10 years.
The table shows the beginning of the pattern.
Years
Number of atoms
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0
10
20
2560
1280
640
30
40
a Copy and complete the table.
b How many radioactive atoms were in the isotope in year 100?
13.1 Sequences
Continuing patterns in pictures
Example 5
a Copy and complete the table for the number of matches used to make each member of
the pattern.
Pattern number
1
2
3
Number of matches used
4
7
10
4
5
6
7
b Write down the rule to get the next number in the pattern.
c How many matches are there in pattern number 10?
a
Pattern
number
Number of
matches
used
1
2
4
7
3
4
5
6
7
10 13 16 19 22
Count the number of matches in each
pattern and write down the number of
matches used.
4
7
�3
10
�3
10  3  13
16  3  19
�3
�3
13  3  16
19  3  22
b Add 3 to the previous number.
c Pattern number 10 has 31 matches.
Continue the patterns.
22 25 28 31
Exercise 13E
1
For these patterns:
i draw the next two patterns
ii write down the rule in words to find the next pattern
iii use your rule to find the 10th term.
E
a
b
c
d
e
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E
2
a Write down the number of matches in each of these patterns.
Pattern 1
Pattern 2
Pattern 3
b Draw the next two patterns.
c Write down the rule in words to continue the pattern.
d Use your rule to find the number of matches needed for pattern number 10.
3
Repeat question 2 with the hexagon shape shown below.
13.2 Using input and output machines to investigate
number patterns
Objectives
Why do this?
You can use number machines to produce a
number pattern and write down the rule (term
number to term).
You can complete a table of values using a
number machine and write down the rule (term
number to term).
You can find missing values in a table of values
and use the term number to term rule.
When baking, you take your ingredients, mix them
together and bake them in the oven, and you end
up with a cake.
Input
Action
This process applies to anything from baking a
cake to making a motor car.
Get Ready
1. Put the following numbers into this number
machine and write down the answers.
a 5
b 3
c 11
d 17
2. Draw a number machine for the process 6
and use it to find the answer when the following
numbers are put into it.
a 10
b 6
c 2
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Output
�3
13.2 Using input and output machines to investigate number patterns
Key Points
In this number pattern
3
Term 1
7
Term 2
11
Term 3
15
Term 4
19
23
…
3, 7, 11, 15, 19, 23, … are the terms.
The term number tells you the position of each term in the pattern.
In the sequence 3, 7, 11, 15, 19, … term 1 is 3, term 2 is 7, etc.
You can use number machines to produce a number pattern and write down the rule
(term number to term rule).
You can complete a table of values using a number machine and write down the rule (term number to term).
You can find missing values in a table of values and use the term number to term rule.
Sometimes you can put two number machines together to make a sequence.
One-stage input and output machines
Example 6
This number machine has been used to produce the terms
of a pattern.
�5
a Complete the term numbers and terms in this table of values for the number machine.
Term number
Term
1
5
2
3
4
b What is the rule for working out the term from the term number?
c Write down the rule for finding the next term from the term before it.
a
Term number
1
Term
5
Term number
1
Term
5
2
10
2
10
3
15
3
15
4
20
4
20
5
5
5
The rule for the number machine is multiply the term
number by 5 so the terms will be 5, 10, 15, 20.
b Multiply the term number by 5.
c Add 5.
To get to the term from the term number you multiply by 5.
To get to the next term from the term before it you have to
add 5 since the pattern is 5, 10, 15, 20, …
table of values
one-stage input and output machines
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Exercise 13F
For each of these questions:
a copy and complete the table of values for the number machine
b write down the rule for finding the term from the term number
c write down the rule for finding the next term from the term before it.
F
�3
Term number
1
2
3
4
Term
3
6
�7
Term number
1
2
3
4
Term
7
14
�4
Term number
1
2
3
4
Term
4
8
�2
Term number
1
2
3
4
Term
2
4
�8
Term number
1
2
3
4
Term
8
16
�10
Term number
1
2
3
4
Term
10
20
�12
Term number
1
2
3
4
Term
12
24
�50
Term number
1
2
3
4
Term
50
100
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
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13.2 Using input and output machines to investigate number patterns
Two-stage input and output machines
Example 7
Term number
�3
Term
�1
This number machine has been used to produce the terms of a pattern.
Examiner’s Tip
Use the rule from the number
machine on the term number
to get to the term. You feed the
result of the first machine into
the second machine.
a Complete the terms in a table of values for the number machine.
Term number
Term
1
4
2
3
4
b What is the rule for working out the term from
the term number?
c Write down the rule for finding the next term from the term before it.
a
Term
number
Term
Term
number
Term
Working
1
4
1
4
1314
2
7
2
7
2317
3
10
3
10
3  3  1  10
4
13
4
13
4  3  1  13
b Multiply by 3 and add 1.
c Add 3.
3
3
3
To get to the term from the term
number you 3 and 1.
To get to the next term from the term before it you
have to add 3 since the pattern is 4, 7, 10, 13, …
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Exercise 13G
For each of these questions:
a copy and complete the table of values for the number machine
b write down the rule for finding the term from the term number
c write down the rule for finding the next term from the term before it.
E
1
�3
�2
Term
number
1
2
3
4
5
1
2
3
4
5
1
2
3
4
5
1
2
3
4
5
1
2
3
4
5
1
2
3
4
5
1
2
3
4
5
1
2
3
4
5
1
2
3
4
5
1
2
3
4
5
Term
2
�2
�1
Term
number
Term
3
�3
�1
Term
number
Term
4
�4
�3
Term
number
Term
5
�5
�2
Term
number
Term
6
�3
�4
Term
number
Term
7
�3
�5
Term
number
Term
8
�5
�1
Term
number
Term
9
�4
�3
Term
number
Term
10
�5
�4
Term
number
Term
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13.2 Using input and output machines to investigate number patterns
Example 8
4
Complete this table of values for the number pattern with term number to term rule,
‘Multiply by 4 and subtract 2’.
2
2
Term
number
1
6
2
6
2426
3
3
10
3  4  2  10
4
4
14
4  4  2  14
5
5
18
5  4  2  18
↓
30
8  4  2  30
↓
38
10  4  2  38
Term
number
1
Term
2
↓
Term
Working
2
1422
↓
↓
8
8
↓
↓
38
10
↓
You can find these
terms by using the
rule 4 then 2.
Examiner’s Tip
Don’t forget Bidmas: you do the
 before the .
You met Bidmas in Chapter 8.
Exercise 13H
Copy and complete these tables of values.
1
3
Term
number
1
2
3
4
5
↓
10
↓
1
Term
4
↓
↓
34
2
2
Term
number
1
2
3
4
5
↓
10
↓
1
Term
1
↓
↓
25
3
5
Term
number
1
2
3
4
5
↓
10
↓
3
E
Term
8
↓
↓
78
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E
4
4
Term
number
1
2
3
4
5
↓
10
↓
3
Term
1
↓
↓
45
5
10
Term
number
1
2
3
4
5
↓
10
↓
1
Term
11
↓
↓
151
7
a Find the 10th number in this number pattern. 3, 7, 11, 15, …
b What is the term number for the term that is 47?
8
a Find the 10th number in this number pattern. 4, 9, 14, 19, …
b What is the term number for the term that is 69?
9
a Find the 10th number in this number pattern. 8, 11, 14, 17, …
b What is the term number for the term that is 50?
6
5
Term
number
1
2
3
4
5
↓
10
↓
3
Term
2
↓
↓
67
13.3 Finding the nth term of a number pattern
Objective
Why do this?
You can use the first difference to find the
nth term of a number pattern and use the nth
term to find any number in a number pattern or
sequence.
This may be useful when your teacher is dividing
the class into groups, so that you can work out
which group you are going to be in, or make sure
you will be in a group with your friends.
Get Ready
1. Write down the difference between each term in these number patterns.
a 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, …
b 40, 35, 30, 25, 20, …
c 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, …
d 7, 11, 15, 19, 21, …
e 50, 47, 44, 41, 37, …
2. Find the 10th term in each of the number patterns in question 1.
Key Point
The first difference can be used to find the nth term of a number pattern and then the nth term can be used to
find any number in a sequence.
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first difference
13.3 Finding the nth term of a number pattern
Example 9
a
Term
number
1
Here is a number pattern 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, …
a Find the nth term in this pattern.
b Find the 20th term in this number pattern.
Term
Difference
4
2
3
4
5
7
10
13
16
n
3n  1
b The 20th term is 61.
3
3
3
3
Step 1
Put the number pattern into a table of values.
Step 2
Find the difference between the terms in the number
pattern. In this case it is 3.
Step 3
Multiply each term number by the difference to get a
new pattern.
3, 6, 9, 12, 15 …
Step 4
Compare your new pattern with the original one and
see what number you need to add or subtract to/from
each term to get the original number pattern. In this
case it is 1.
The nth term is 3n  1.
You replace the n by 20 in the nth term to find the
20th term. It is 3  20  1  61
Exercise 13I
1
For questions 1, 2 and 3 in Exercise 10H, find the nth term of each of the number patterns.
2
Write each pattern in a table and use the table to find the nth term of these number patterns.
Use your nth term to find the 20th term in each of these number patterns.
a 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, …
b 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, …
c 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, …
d 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, …
e 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, …
f 2, 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, …
g 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, 27, …
h 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, 29, …
i 8, 13, 18, 23, 28, …
j 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, …
k 40, 35, 30, 25, 20, …
l 38, 36, 34, 32, 30, …
m 35, 32, 29, 26, 23, …
n 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, …
o 19, 17, 15, 13, 11, …
p 190, 180, 160, 150, …
C
Examiner’s Tip
To find the nth term of a
sequence that gets smaller you
subtract a multiple of n from a
fixed number.
e.g. 15  2n is the nth term of
13, 11, 9, 7, …
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C
3
Here is a pattern made from sticks.
Pattern number 1
Pattern number 2
Pattern number 3
a Draw pattern number 4.
b Copy and complete this table of values for the number of sticks used to make the patterns.
Pattern number
1
2
Number of sticks
6
10
3
4
5
6
c Write, in terms of n, the number of sticks needed for pattern number n.
d How many sticks would be needed for pattern number 20?
13.4 Deciding whether or not a number
is in a number pattern
Objective
Why do this?
You can use number patterns or use the nth
term to identify whether a number is in the
pattern.
This is useful when you want to work out what will
happen in the future, for example, you could work
out whether next year will be a leap year as this
happens every four years.
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1. Write each of these patterns in a table and use the table to find the nth term.
Use your nth term to find the 20th term in each pattern.
a 4, 7, 10, 13, …
b 3, 8, 13, 18, …
c 13, 15, 17, 19, …
Key Points
Number patterns or the nth term can be used to identify whether a number is in the pattern.
Sometimes you will be asked how you know if a number is part of a sequence. You would then have to explain
why the number is in the sequence or, even, why it is not in the sequence.
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Example 10
Here is a number pattern.
3
8
3
18
23
a Explain why 423 is in the pattern.
b Explain why 325 is not in the pattern.
a 423 is in the number pattern.
Every odd term ends in 3 and goes up 3, 13, 23, etc,
so 423 will be a member as it ends in a 3.
b 325 is not in the number pattern.
325 ends in a 5 and every member
of the pattern ends in either a 3 or
an 8 so 325 cannot be in the pattern.
There are other ways of answering questions
like these. For example, you could identify
the nth term
The nth term is 5n  2 if
5n  2  423
5n  425 so n  85
so 423 is the 85th term.
The nth term is 5n  2 so if 325 is in the pattern
5n  2  325
5n  327 so n  65.4
If 325 is in the pattern n must be a whole number.
65.4 is not a whole number so 325 is not in the pattern.
Exercise 13J
For each of these number patterns, explain whether each of the numbers in brackets are members of the
number pattern or not.
1
1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, …
(21, 34)
2
3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, …
(63, 86)
3
2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, …
(50, 66)
4
5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, …
(50, 62)
5
1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, …
(101, 150)
6
2, 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, …
(101, 98)
7
2, 7, 12, 17, 22, 27, …
(97, 120)
8
4, 9, 14, 19, 24, 29, …
(168, 169)
9
40, 35, 30, 25, 20, …
(85, 4)
10
38, 36, 34, 32, 30, …
(71, 82)
11
3, 7, 11, 15, 19, 21, …
(46, 79)
12
5, 11, 17, 23, 29, …
(119, 72)
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Chapter review
A sequence is a number or shape pattern which follows a rule.
Number patterns can be continued by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.
The term to term rules for continuing number patterns can be given.
Patterns using pictures can be continued by finding the rule for continuing the pattern.
You can use number machines to produce a number pattern and write down the rule (term number to term rule)
You can complete a table of values using a number machine and write down the rule (term number to term).
You can find missing values in a table of values and use the term number to term rule.
The first difference can be used to find the nth term of a number pattern and then the nth term can be used
to find any number in a sequence.
Number patterns or the nth term can be used to identify whether a number is in the pattern.
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Review exercise
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1
Here are some patterns made of squares.
Pattern number 1
Pattern number 2
Pattern number 3
The diagram below shows part of Pattern number 4.
a Copy and complete Pattern number 4
Pattern number 4
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b Find the number of squares used for Pattern number 10
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November 2008 adapted
Here are the first 4 terms in a number sequence.
124
122
120
118
a Write down the next term in this number sequence.
b Write down the 7th term in this number sequence.
c Can 9 be a term in this number sequence? You must give a reason for your answer.
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The nth term of a sequence is n2  4.
Alex says ‘The nth term of the sequence is always a prime number when n is an odd number’.
Is Alex correct? You must give a reason for your answer.
November 2008 adapted
4
Here are the first 5 terms of a sequence.
1
1
2
3
5
The rule for the sequence is ‘The first two terms are 1 and 1. To get the next term add the two previous
terms’.
a Find the 6th term and the 7th term.
b Find the 10th term.
c Explain why after the first two terms the other terms of the sequence are alternately even and odd.
The rule for another sequence is ‘The first two terms are 2 and 2. To get the next term multiply the two
previous terms’.
d Find an expression for the 10th term of this sequence. You do not have to wok out the expression.
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5
Here are the first four terms of an arithmetic sequence.
5
8
11
14
Is 140 a term in the sequence? You must five a reason for your answer
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The first term of a sequence is x. To get the next term, multiply the previous term by 2 and add 1.
The third term of the sequence is 21. Find the value of x.