Number Patterns


Good Morning Learners and welcome back to our Third Term. In today's lesson we will be focusing on the new topic which is Linear number patterns. Watch the 3:49 minutes video below on how to solve a linear number pattern in a sequence, please pay attention. After you have watched the video you are expected to understand the terminology and solve a linear number pattern.   

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Before completing the task go to PROCESS for recap. Please answer the following questions based on the explanation that was made on the video that you have already watched. Please go through the assessment and marks are allocated and the questions are made clear.    

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DATE : 02 SEPTEMBER 2021                                                                                                                     MARKS : 13

Question 1

1. Consider the linear sequence: 5; 8; 11; b; 17;...

1.1 Write down the value of b.                                                                                                                    (2)

1.2 Determine the nth term of the sequence.     Tn=pn + q                                                                                       (2)

1.3 Calculate the value of the 15th term of the sequence.                                                                       (2)

1.4 Which term in the sequence is equal to 83?                                                                                       (2)


In order to solve question 2.2, first watch the video below for recap and answer the question once you are done. 

Question 2 

2. Consider the number pattern below created by using the numbers of the sequence 2; 6; 10; 14; 18; ...


                                                                           6      10

                                                                     14      18      22

                                                              26       30       34       38

                                                        42      ....        ....       ....         ....

2.1 Calculate the SUM of the numbers on the 8th row.                                                                        (3)
2.2 Determine the mean of the numbers in the 20th row                                                                     (2)


                                                           WELL DONE!!



Since number pattern sequence was done on the previous grade which is Grade 9, watch the video below to recap the steps on how number sequences are generated before going through the examples  below


Number pattern is a pattern or sequence in a series of numbers. This pattern generally establishes a common relationship between all numbers.

For example:

0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, ...

Number pattern

Here, we get the numbers in the pattern by skip counting by 5. Given are the steps to identify a number pattern.

To solve the problems of number pattern, we need first to find the rule being followed in the pattern.

To find out the rule, we need to see the first few numbers in the series.

Try to see the difference between consecutive numbers, it will help us understand the relationship between the numbers.

Example 1:

·         11, 17, 23, 29, 35, 41, 47, 53  


In this pattern, we see that every term in the sequence has grown or increased by 6 or the difference between any two consecutive numbers is 6. So, we can get the next term by adding 6 to the previous term. 

Example 2:

·         18, 15, 12, 9, 6, 3


In this number pattern, we can see that every term in the sequence has reduced by 3 or 3 has been subtracted from every number compared to its previous one. So, we can subtract 3 from the previous term to get the next term.


In the above two examples, the number pattern is formed by a common difference in all its terms.

Patterns with dots

Some problems for the pattern can also involve a pattern of dots, where we need to find out the number and position of the dots in the pattern.

For example: 

Patterns with Dots



Use the following links below for additional knowledge and understanding of the concept. Some are previous years question papers with memorandum. 


Mark Allocation for the given task. The marks are allocated based on the question as shown.  

Question 1 Mark allocation

x2 answer      (2)


x1 p value

x1 q value     (2) 


x1 substitute

x1 answer     (2)


x1 Tn

x1 answer    (2)



Question 2 Mark allocation 

x1 general term

x1 substitute

x1 answer     (3)


x1 substitute

x1 answer     (2)



Learners, it is important to understand the lesson and ask if you have questions. Marks allocation for the task are posted on the EVALUATION page so that you can check your work carefully before you submit. I have listed my email and consultation hours on the teachers page. Number patterns on the end-year paper contains 15%  of the paper. Prepare yourself. I have shared with previous question papers in order to prepare yourselves when final examination has arrived. The due date for the task 8 is 07 SEPTEMBER 2021 23:59. . Watch the video below for further rules in number patterns 

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