Students investigate a pattern using the constant function on the calculator, record the ordered pairs in a table, describe the pattern, and predict what will come next.
Students will explore the following concepts in this activity:
- whole numbers
- comparing numbers
About the Lesson
Distribute the student activity page to the class. Students will play the game in groups of two:
- Student 1 enters a constant function (hidden) and a starting number on the calculator
- Student 2 repeats operation with the constant function several times, records the resulting values in a table, studies the pattern, guesses the constant function, and predicts what will come next in the pattern
- Students try to predict the number that would be displayed on the 95th use of the constant function. Have students switch roles, and repeat the activity with a different constant function.