Gillian has a pay-as-you-go mobile phone contract and she is trying to work out how much money she has spent on texts this week.

The cost of 1 text message is 5p.

You would make a table of values for up to 6 texts showing the cost in pence as below.

Now, we need to find a formula that will help us find the cost of any number of texts.

From the table above, you should notice that the cost increases by 5 each time.

The formula is

- Question
Gillian has sent 87 texts this week. How much money has Gillian spent on texts this week?

Cost (in pence) = 5 x number of texts

This can be re-written as:

Gillian sent 87 texts this week. We can now use this formula to calculate the cost.

1, 4, 7, 10 is a sequence starting with 1.

You get the next term by adding 3 to the previous term.

You are often asked to find a formula for the n^{th} term.

- Question
Find the n

^{th}term.To do this, we first of all find the difference between each term. This tells us part of our formula:

When we substitute into this formula, we find that it doesn’t work as , but the first term is 1.

Now all we have to do is subtract 2.

Now try this for some other terms to make sure your rule works:

Term 2

Term 4

Now we have established our formula:

or:

This method will always work for sequences where the difference between terms stays the same.

- Question
Find the n

^{th}term in the sequence 1, 5, 9, 13.n ^{th}term1 2 3 4 5 Sequence 1 5 9 13 17 - First, find the difference between each term
- The difference between each term is 4
- This lets you work out the first part of the formula
- The formula for this sequence will start with
- Now look at each term
- When n = 1, . But the 1
^{st}term is 1. - We therefore have to subtract 3 to get the first correct term and also check that this works for the 2
^{nd}term.

The formula for the sequence is .