# Missing Terms

## A Maths Starter Of The Day

Find the terms missing from these sequences:

 1,   5,   9,   13,  __ 18,  __  __  57,  __ 2,  __  10,  __  18 18,  __  __  __  42 9,  __  13,  __  __ -21,  __  __  12,  __ 10,  __  __  22,  __ 29,  __  __  20,  __ 10,  __  __  31,  __ 21,  __  __  -204,  __

Topics: Starter | Number | Puzzles | Sequences

• Primary 7, Bargeddie Primary School, North Lanarkshire
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• We were all really impressed by Thomas who managed to get them all right really quickly!
• Transum,
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• After the students have had time to work out many of the answer the following questions could be asked of the whole class:
What is the next term of the first sequence and how did you find it?
What is the first term of the first sequence? ... The common difference? ... The 10th term? The 100th term? The nth term?
For the second sequence in the first column how did you work out the first missing number? Is there another way you could have done it?
For the first sequence in the second column. How did you work out the first missing number? Is there another way you could have done it?
What do all of the sequences have in common?
• Mrs Devlin, Clydeview Academy
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• We were very impressed with our genius' Luke and Jack. We got them all. Woohoo!
• Jm,
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• Find the missing terms in the following numbers sequences
1.) 5,6,8,_15,
2.) 18,20,24_,38,_
3.) 25,28,34,_,_,70
4.) 55,54,51,46,_,_,19
5.) 82 81 78 _ ,66,_.
• Michael, Bolton School
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• This was helpful.
• Louisa, .
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• I did this with my daughter as she is no longer in school and we managed to get them all. this is a good activity for anyone.

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What would the nth term of each of these sequences be?

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