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 at http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=c1c6053e7b45e1a50fc9.
After the Activity
Scope for further investigations with different linear and quadratic sequences.