Pascal's Triangle goes way beyond coefficients of binominal expansions and combinatorics. In this activity students are introduced to the basics but go on to explore other relationships and patterns such as the triangular and tetrahedral numbers, Fibonacci sequence and even Euler's number. There are so many hidden gems in this amazing triangle.
By exploring Pascal’s triangle in greater depth, students are more likely to remember this amazing triangle. The numeric and algebraic applications will help improve students ‘by-hand’ algebraic skills beyond basic simplification.
- Binomial Expansion
- Triangular Numbers
- Tetrahedral Numbers
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Students make use of visual representations to help understand the basic construction of Pascal’s triangle and are then introduced to a plethora of other patterns within this amazing triangle. Students use an array of numeric and algebraic techniques to verify the patterns.