Find a Pattern III

Find Missing Numbers: Learn

How to find a missing number in a sequence:

  • Determine if the order of numbers is ascending (getting larger in value) or descending (becoming smaller in value).
  • Find the difference between numbers that are next to each other.
  • Use the difference between numbers to find the missing number.

Example: Find the missing number: 30, 23, ?, 9

  • The order of numbers is descending (going down).
  • The difference between numbers is 30 - 23 = 7
  • Since the order is descending subtract 7 from 23. The missing number may be 16.
  • The missing number is 16 since it is 7 more than the last number 9.

Find Pattern: Practice

Note: Look carefully at the sequence's direction.


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