Generating Polynomials from Patterns

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Patterns and polynomials go hand in hand. Budding mathematicians analyze sequences of dot diagrams to discover the patterns in the number of white dots and black dots. They use the identified patterns to write and simplify a polynomial expression for the total number of dots. Finally, a card-matching activity tests their understanding of the concept.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils create patterns using dot diagrams and challenge classmates to find an appropriate polynomial expression
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should already be familiar with polynomial expressions
  • Pattern recognition is a prerequisite skill

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