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Generating Recursive Sequences to Explore Exponential Patterns

Activity Overview

Students will understand patterns, relations, and functions and 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

Students will:

  • Define an exponential pattern recursively
  • Generate a recursive sequence using 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