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Activity Overview

Students find patterns to solve problems, explore functions, and graph linear functions on the coordinate plane.

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Before the Activity

See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity
Print pages 31 - 35 from the attached PDF file for your class
Study the calculator keystrokes
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During the Activity

Distribute the pages to the class.

Follow the activity procedures:

Understand the problem - find the combination of 6, 9, and 20 that adds to 50
Formulate pattern rules for the problem
Determine the number of patterns that repeat in a cycle
Find the sum for each pattern rule
Plot the results on a graph paper
Find the largest impossible value and the combination that gives 50 as the sum
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After the Activity

Students complete the Student Activity pages and answer questions.

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