If I told you that a list of numbers started with $3$ 3 and increased by $2$ 2 each time, you could find the next number in the pattern. It would be $3+2=5$ 3 + 2 = 5 .

In fact, you could find every number in the pattern!

$3+2=5$ 3 + 2 = 5
$5+2=7$ 5 + 2 = 7
$7+2=9$ 7 + 2 = 9
$9+2=11$ 9 + 2 = 1 1

... and so on. This is called creating a pattern from a description . Watch the video below to see more about creating patterns from a description.

Now that you've learnt how to create a pattern from a description, try some questions yourself!

Worked Examples
Example 1

Create a pattern by adding $1$ 1 each time.

$5$ 5
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Reveal Solution Watch video

Example 2

Create a pattern by subtracting $2$ 2 each time.

$19$ 1 9
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Reveal Solution Watch video

Example 3

Create a pattern by adding $11$ 1 1 each time.

$39$ 3 9
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Reveal Solution Watch video