# Math Question--Patterns

Discussion in 'General Education' started by amakaye, Jul 16, 2012.

1. ### amakayeEnthusiast

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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.

3. ### MathemagicianGroupie

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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.

5. ### amakayeEnthusiast

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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.

6. ### AliceaccMultitudinous

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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.

7. ### GoldenPoppyHabitué

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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.

8. ### RainStormPhenom

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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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