Math Question--Patterns

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  1. amakaye

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    When you have a repeating pattern, is there a name for the part of the pattern that repeats? For example, in the pattern 5,7,4,8,5,7,4,8,5,7..., that would be 5,7,4,8. It seems like I remember there being a name for that, but I can't recall it at all.
     
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    I've heard it referred to as the "core" before, but not frequently. Usually that is just referred to as the pattern. If you have like a repeating decimal like .1234512345...., it is a recurring decimal.
     
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    We call it a pattern unit.
     
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    Thanks. Our curriculum just says "find the part of the pattern that repeats." I thought it might be easier for some kids if there was an actual term to associate with that idea.
     
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    I refer to it as the "cycle." But I'm pretty sure that I just kind of invented the term when I needed a way of referring to it.
     
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    It could also be referred to as an ABCD pattern.

    1,2,3,1,2,3 would be an ABC pattern.
     
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    We would call it an ABCD pattern.
     
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    The part of the pattern that repeats is called the "core" of the pattern :)
     
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    LOL, that's kind of where I am. It seems so awkward to keep referring to "the part of the pattern that repeats" when teaching the lesson/helping the kids. I think designating a term for it will be very helpful. We do talk about ABCD patterns, etc., but I think telling them to find the 'core' will work much better.
     

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