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describe a pattern in the numbers 4,6,9,13,18

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    They are monotonically increasing.
    They are increasing a distance of n apart, as in

    1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, ...nth

    4, 4+2, 6+3, 9+4, 13+5, 18+6, ...(n-1 term)+n

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    or

    term(1) = 4
    term(2) = 6
    term(3) = term(1) + term(2) - 1 = 9
    term(4) = term(2) + term(3) - 2 = 13
    term(5) = term(3) + term(4) - 3 = 18
    ...
    term(n) + term(n-2) + term(n-1) - (n-2)

    this is called a recursive formula,

    or

    term(n) = n(n+1)/2 + 3

    Including bobpursley's pattern , there are probably some more

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    Describe a pattern in the numbers: 4, 6, 9, 13, 18

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