I created this graphing geometric sequences foldable to wrap up our sequences unit in Algebra 1.
After working with finding rules and terms, I decided I still needed my students to wrap their minds around how the graph of a geometric sequence differed from the graphs we had previously made for arithmetic sequences.
After graphing the sequences, we discovered that geometric sequences form exponential functions.
In 2017-2018, one of the big things I emphasized in Algebra 1 was whether our graphs should be discrete or continuous. In the past, when we did these notes, I would draw in the curve to emphasize that geometric sequences form an exponential relationship when graphed.
I realized that because the sequence only includes discrete values that we shouldn’t connect the dots. This was hard for me. I feel like it’s much harder to see the exponential relationship without the line, but it led to a great conversation in class when a student asked if we could connect the dots.
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