7th Grade Math - Numbers and Patterns

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Patterns are all around us. Whether it is a tile design on a floor or a series of numbers, you'll find patterns everywhere. Unsurprisingly, they occur often in mathematics. In today's free 7th grade math video, we start from the beginning and take a look at some of the first lessons in the course. Today's lectures cover Numbers and Patterns. This concept is not always about adding and dividing. Instead patterns are about looking and seeing. You need to be able to look at a group of things and see the pattern in them. Once you are able to see the pattern, you can often use this knowledge to predict things. This will become useful as you progress in mathematics and touch on topics where you need to predict outcomes.

I love patterns. Determining a pattern can take sharp eyes and a strong sense of logic. It's the logic part I enjoy. Many mathematicians are inspired by patterns, a favorite subject being Fibonacci sequences. A Fibonacci sequence is a pattern where the first two numbers are 0 and 1, and each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two. Search the Internet and you'll find art utilizing this concept and even explanations about how this sequence occurs in nature. Take a look at the flowering of an artichoke, or the arrangement of a pine cone and you are looking at a Fibonacci sequence.

See? I really wasn't kidding about patterns being all around us. Watch today's video and learn more about how to look at a sequence and see patterns. With three lectures, I'm betting you'll be seeing them everywhere. Just don't forget to click on the forward button directly to the left of the timestamp in order to see all the lectures. You won't want to miss a minute!

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This page contains a single entry by April Stockwell published on August 30, 2010 1:18 PM.

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