A linear sequence has a difference between the terms that is the same each time, so it increases or decreases by equal steps.
This means we can continue such a sequence using a term-to-term rule.
e.g. Find the 10th number in this sequence:
2, 6, 10, 14, ...
If we look at the differences between the terms, each term is 4 more than the previous.
So the term-to-term rule is + 4.
If we continue this sequence, it would become:
2, 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30, 34, 38, 42, 46, 50, etc...
The tenth term is 38.
In this activity, we will find term-to-term rules for linear sequences and apply these to find next or specified terms.
You should not use a calculator for this activity, but rather practise your mental arithmetic skills.