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What are the next terms of the sequences above?

A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

Topics: Starter | Arithmetic | Number | Puzzles | Sequences

  • A Albert,
  • Please send me the answer to the last sequence.
    My year five girls are desperate for the answer and frustrated that we don't know where to start. 22nd June.
  • Transum,
  • The last sequence is the sequence of answers! Look at the answers you already have for the first four sequences (see below). Sorry Year 5 girls, a bit of a tough one that!
  • Inga Moreno, SBA
  • Would be great if you provided with answers, just saves time. I teach nearly every lesson, so would appriciate time saving. [Transum: "Scroll down the page to find the answers to the Starter of the Day"]
  • Ms. Flynn, St. Paul's, Brighton UK
  • Wow! Number 3 was tricky but kept my most able (and the maths TA) intrigued for ages. Great selection of sequences for my, very mixed-ability, year 6 class.
  • Mr Kavanagh's Fifth Class, C
  • We really enjoyed this one, Emma was the only one (including the teacher) that figured out the fifth sequence.
  • Mr Bob, Tutor Classes
  • This is an interesting puzzle. My class was able to work it out easily although the last few were tricky.
  • Miss Rose And Rabbit Class, Doha, Qatar
  • Rabbit class from Doha, Qatar enjoyed figuring these out and found out that we can have patterns with both letters and numbers.
    We found sequence 5 the hardest!

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22 (Add four to the previous term)
47 (Add 9 to the previous term)
75 (T = 2N+11)
S (Initial letters of days of the week)
5 (Number of letters in the counting numbers)
5 (This sequence is the next terms of the previous sequences)

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