On Predicting the Next Term of a Sequence

International Journal of Mathematical Trends and Technology (IJMTT)          
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Volume-6 Number-2                          
Year of Publication : 2014
Authors : A. Umar , B. Yushau


A. Umar , B. Yushau. "On Predicting the Next Term of a Sequence", International Journal of Mathematical Trends and Technology (IJMTT). V6:136-141 February 2014. ISSN:2231-5373. www.ijmttjournal.org. Published by Seventh Sense Research Group.

When introducing sequences to students, the first skill we teach them is how to predict the next term of a sequence given the first few terms, usually the first three, four or five terms. In this note, we intend to show that given some terms of a sequence, the next term is not uniquely determined in most cases. We will also show under which condition can the next term be determined uniquely.


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