I came across star numbers on twitter and had a little play. I drew these different arrangements of counters.

I thought about how some of these showed the star numbers made up of square, triangle and hexagon numbers. Here are some statements that I thought of while making the images above.

This star number is equal to the 10th triangle number plus 3 lots of the 3rd triangle number.

This star number is equal to the 7th square number plus 4 lots of the 3rd triangle number.

This star number is equal to 2 lots of the 10th triangle number take away the 4th hexagon number.

How else could you describe the star number?

If you picked one pattern from above, could you show how the pattern might change for different sized stars? Could you write sentences to describe your new star patterns?

With thanks to mscroggs for the inspiration:

I thought about how some of these showed the star numbers made up of square, triangle and hexagon numbers. Here are some statements that I thought of while making the images above.

This star number is equal to the 10th triangle number plus 3 lots of the 3rd triangle number.

This star number is equal to the 7th square number plus 4 lots of the 3rd triangle number.

This star number is equal to 2 lots of the 10th triangle number take away the 4th hexagon number.

How else could you describe the star number?

If you picked one pattern from above, could you show how the pattern might change for different sized stars? Could you write sentences to describe your new star patterns?

With thanks to mscroggs for the inspiration:

— Matthew Scroggs (@mscroggs) 18 December 2017

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