Education Technology

Generating Recursive Sequences to Explore Linearity

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

Students will understand patterns, relations, and functions. They will also use mathematical models to represent and understand quantitative relationships.

Before the Activity

Provide each student with a copy of the attached .pdf document.

During the Activity

  • Define a perimeter pattern recursively
  • Generate a recursive sequence with the calculator using two methods
  • Use recursion to answer questions
  • After the Activity

  • Review student answers
  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary