Education Technology

Generating Recursive Sequences to Explore Exponential Patterns

Published on 10/17/2008

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