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# Number sequence

Stan James
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Here's a quick memorial to my father who passed away this week. He taught college calc and stats for over 30 years and dearly loved teaching and students. He started out freshman classes by asking them to complete this number sequence:
4 6 2 9 0 ? ?

Jason Menard
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My sincerest condolences.
Man I keep staring at those numbers and nothing is coming to me. Hmmm... it must be time for more caffeine.

Vinod John
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Originally posted by Stan James:
Here's a quick memorial to my father who passed away this week. He taught college calc and stats for over 30 years and dearly loved teaching and students. He started out freshman classes by asking them to complete this number sequence:
4 6 2 9 0 ? ?

My guess is 12 -2

chi Lin
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I agree with Vinod,
the odd number form a sequence with difference -2
4 6 2 9 0 ? ?
even number form a seqeunce with difference +3
4 6 2 9 0 ? ?
so first ? would be 12, second ? be would be -2.

Originally posted by Vinod John:

My guess is 12 -2

Stan James
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Sorry, it was a gag question. The series fills out as 4 6 2 9 0 6 0. It is his phone number. I took freshman calc from him and I didn't get it either!
[ August 21, 2003: Message edited by: Stan James ]

Jim Yingst
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Sorry, it was a gag question.
In the context of a statistics class though, an excellent question, leading as it does to the dangers of trying to draw conclusions from too few data points.

Stan James
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Couple other good classroom memories ... He had an overhead projector and ThermoFax copier when they were cutting edge. If somebody did really good (or bad) homework or classroom work, he could make an overhead and share it in a matter of seconds. Ok, that was back when he had a 6-foot slide rule on the wall, too. He thoroughly "got" computers when they came along, but technology was never a replacement for chalk and a BLACK SLATE blackboard.
He also had a rubber gorilla suspended by an elastic string from a 15 foot ceiling (built in 1897). If somebody said something clever (or dumb) he'd give it a pull and it would bounce wildly up and down. Gotta do something to keep college kids awake!