The Algebra of Patterns

  • Student Explorations in Mathematics

  • The Algebra of Patterns

    This month students explore one of the “big ideas” in algebraic thinking—patterns. Students build figures that follow a pattern and describe—with words and algebraic expressions—how the figures are changing. Students then make connections between the different descriptions and the physical models. The activity also includes an introduction to discrete and continuous functions and domain and range.

    Supplemental Materials:  

    The Algebra of Patterns (Student Version)