Education Technology

Matchstick Patterns

Published on 09/29/2008

Activity Overview

This activity explores linear functions generated by matchstick patterns. Learners explore patterns made up of matchsticks, enter their results into a spreadsheet and are then able to explore the relationships graphically. They are encouraged to use a notes page to record their findings.

Before the Activity

Some prior knowledge of linear sequences is required.

During the Activity

Objective: to find the rule for a linear sequence and relate it to a practical context. You can view an online video tutorial here.

After the Activity

Scope for further investigations with different linear and quadratic sequences.