Colour in the multiples of three on this
Pascal's Triangle to produce
an interesting pattern.
Click the hexagons to add
or remove colour.
There is a printable worksheet to go with this activity.


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Level 1  Fill in the numbers on a blank triangular grid
Level 2  Colour in the even numbers to produce a surprising pattern
Level 3  Colour in the multiples of 3 to produce a surprising pattern
Level 4  Colour in the remainders when dividing by four in different colours
Level 5  Colour in sets of six connected hexagons that have given sums
Level 6  Use a calculator to find particularly large numbers from Pascal's Triangle
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Each number in Pascal's Triangle is the sum of the two numbers immediately above.
The numbers on the sloping outside edges are all one.
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