Look at this!

OR this:

They are ALL number patterns.  Cute, aren’t they?

Number patterns are extremely useful in Mathematics when you have to predict the outcome to a situation, for example: What will the 50th number of the pattern be?  OR  How many cupcakes would we need if we gave a party for the town instead of just for our class?

Working with number patterns leads directly to the concept of functions in mathematics: a formal description of the relationship among different quantities.

Recognizing number patterns is also an important problem solving  skill.  If you see a pattern when you look systematically at a specific example, you can use that pattern to generalize what you see into a broader solution to the problem.

For examples of number patterns go to                        www.worksheetworks.com/math/number/patterns.htm/

Next time we will spend some time on how to solve number patterns.


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