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Number sequences involve rules and finding them can be a bit of a challenge at times! This is our final elementary school Math quiz on number sequences. Some of these questions are particularly tricky, so take your time and think carefully before choosing your answer.

You may think that number sequences are not an important part of Maths. The thing with numbers is, the more you are familiar with how they work, the better you'll be in whichever career you choose. Plenty of careers require a solid knowledge of numbers, such as any of the sciences, and if you want a good career then learn your numbers!

Time for the quiz. You may find a pencil & paper handy for these questions. Good luck.

1.

Find the missing term.

-4, 3, 10, X, ...

-4, 3, 10, X, ...

17

16

15

14

The next term is got from the previous term by adding 7, e.g. -4 + 7 = 3 and so on

2.

Find the missing term.

39, 52, 65, X, ...

39, 52, 65, X, ...

79

77

78

81

The next term is got from the previous term by adding 13, e.g. 39 + 13 = 52 and so on

3.

Find the missing term.

-17, -11, -5, X, ...

-17, -11, -5, X, ...

1

0

-1

2

The next term is got from the previous term by adding 6, e.g. -17 + 6 = -11 and so on

4.

Find the missing term.

0, 4, 18, 48, X, 180, ...

0, 4, 18, 48, X, 180, ...

96

120

100

90

The rule for the n^{th} term = n^{3} - n^{2}. Put in the values of 1, 2, 3, 4, ... in turn and and see for yourself how the sequence is produced

5.

Find the missing term.

3, 7, 11, X, ...

3, 7, 11, X, ...

14

16

15

17

The next term is got from the previous term by adding 4, e.g. 3 + 4 = 7 and so on

6.

Find the missing term.

1, 8, 27, X, ...

1, 8, 27, X, ...

81

49

36

64

The terms of this sequence are the counting numbers cubed: 1^{3} = 1; 2^{3} = 8; 3^{3} = 27; 4^{3} = 64; 5^{3} = 125 and so on

7.

Find the missing term.

10, 100, 1,000, X, ...

10, 100, 1,000, X, ...

10,000,000

10,000

100,000

1,000,000

The next term is got from the previous term by multiplying by 10, e.g. 10 × 10 = 100 and so on

8.

Find the missing term.

-10, -7, -4, X, ...

-10, -7, -4, X, ...

2

0

1

-1

The next term is got from the previous term by adding 3, e.g. -7 + 3 = -4 and so on

9.

Find the missing term.

79, 95, X, 127, ...

79, 95, X, 127, ...

111

110

103

115

The next term is got from the previous term by adding 16, e.g. 79 + 16 = 95 and so on

10.

Find the missing term.

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, X, ...

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, X, ...

11

13

12

10

This is the famous Fibonacci sequence. Each term is formed by the sum of the previous TWO terms: 1 + 1 = 2, 1 + 2 = 3, 2 + 3 = 5, 3 + 5 = 8, 5 + 8 = 13 and so on