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Name:_______________________

Date

assigned:______________

Band:________

Precalculus

|

Packer

Collegiate

Institute

Boxes,

Lottery

Tickets,

and

Infinite

Elephants,

Oh

my!
:

Sequences

and

Series

The

sections

to

this

unit

are

below.

Sections

which

may

correspond

to

the

book

have

that

information

included,

along

with

practice

problems

you

may

want

to

do

to

solidify

your

understanding.

Section

1:

Puzzles!

Book:

Section

2:

Mathematical

Terminology

Book:

Section

3:

Arithmetic

Sequences

Book:

Section

4:

Geometric

Sequences

Book:

Section

5:

The

Forwards

Problem:

Go

From

Formula

to

Sequence

Book:

Section

6:

The

Backwards

Problem:

Go

From

Sequence

to

Formula

Book:

Section

7:

An

Introduction

to

Arithmetic

Series

Book:

Section

8:

Sigma

Terminology

and

Notation

Book:

Section

9:

An

Introduction

to

Finite

Geometric

Series!

Book:

Section

10:

Infinite

Geometric

Series!

Book:

An

Amazingly

True

Mathematical

Fact!

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Comment [sjs1]:
Print

single

sided

on

11x16

paper…

with

the

text

on

the

LHS

and

blank

space

on

the

RHS…

this

way

there

will

be

more

room

for

kids

to

work…

Chop

off

an

inch

on

the

RHS

so

that

the

student

can

fold

over

the

blank

part

so

the

packet

fits

in

a

folder/binder.

`

2

Name:_______________________

Date

assigned:______________

Band:________

Precalculus

|

Packer

Collegiate

Institute

Boxes,

Lottery

Tickets,

and

Infinite

Elephants,

Oh

my!

Section

1:

Puzzles!

Puzzle

#1

How

many

little

squares

are

in

the

42nd
1

figure?

(FYI:

the

lone

square

is

the

first

figure)

Generalize

the

result:

How

many

little

squares

are

in

the

n
th

figure?

Extend

the

generalization
:

How

many

little

squares

are

in

the

zero
th

figure?

Graph

the

result:

1

http://ind.pn/NfegPy

     
figure numbersquares
Comment [sjs2]:
Print

single

sided

on

11x16

paper…

with

the

text

on

the

LHS

and

blank

space

on

the

RHS…

this

way

there

will

be

more

room

for

kids

to

work…

Chop

off

an

inch

on

the

RHS

so

that

the

student

can

fold

over

the

blank

part

so

the

packet

fits

in

a

folder/binder.
Comment [sjs3]:
All

puzzles

in

small

groups

of

3.

Hint

tokens.

Have

all

groups

work

on

Puzzle

1,

but

then

after

that

and

going

over

it,

assign

some

groups

Puzzle

2,

3,

or

4

to

start

working

on

(and

then

they

cycle

through)…

Give

each

group

3

hint

tokens

(jolly

ranchers?)

and

say

they

can’t

eat

them.

But

they

can

exchange

them

for

hints

from

me

when

the

whole

group

is

stuck.

When

groups

call

me

over,

remember

NOT

to

call

on

the

person

whose

hand

is

raised

but

another

group

member

for

the

question/problem…

This

ensures

they

all

are

on

the

same

page

and

working

together…

(Or

maybe

make

it

a

class

policy

that

ALL

hands

in

a

group

must

be

raised

for

me

to

come

over,

and

I’ll

randomly

call

on

one

of

them…)

Comment [sjs4]:

in

class

what

the

SLOPE

means…

What

does

the

y
intercept

mean

(if

you

graphed

it)?

Talk

connecting

the

points

(or

not)…

Common

difference

=

slope!

Domain?

Can

we

extend

the

points

backwards?

What

would

that

mean?

If

not,

how

do

we

mathematically

explain

our

function?

`

3

Puzzle

#2

Part

I:

How

many

squares

are

in

the

42
nd

figure?

(FYI:

the

first

figure

has

1

square,

the

second

figure

has

5

squares,

etc.)

Generalize

the

result:

How

many

squares

are

in

the

n
th

figure?

Part

II:

If

the

area

of

the

first

figure

is

81

acres,

what

is

the

area

of

the

42
nd

figure?

Generalize

the

result:

What

is

the

area

of

the

n
th

figure?

Graph

the

results:

Graph

the

results:

     
figure numbersquares
     
figure numberarea
Comment [sjs5]:
After

students

are

done

with

Puzzle

#2,

have

them

call

me

over

to

go

over

things

with

them…

Talk

what

kind

of

function

they

are

graphing

(exponential

–

growth

and

ecay)…

them

what

they

think

will

happen

as

they

get

to

more

and

more

figures…

what

happens

to

the

number

of

squares

(gets

super

large)

and

what

happens

to

the

area

(gets

super

small)…

Will

the

area

of

any

figure

ever

be

0?

What

would

happen

to

the

equation

for

the

area

if

the

original

square

has

an

area

of

17?

How

would

the

graph

change?

Comment [sjs6]:
Students

will

probably

need

hint

token

here…

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