Observing Patterns

Finding patterns in problems can help you understand what is happening. Once you identify a pattern, you can more easily predict what will happen next.

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Example 1:

Do you observe any patterns in the following numbers?
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0

Subtracting 1 from the previous, starting with 5, obtains the next number.

Example 2:

What is the pattern in the following sequence?

0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

We add 1 to the previous number to get the next, starting with ‘0’.

Can you predict the next number in the sequence? It is 5 + 1 or 6.

Example 3:

Guess the geometric shape in the following patterns:

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