# What comes next in this sequence, and why?

I'm having the hardest time with this sequence puzzle. The mobile game I play (which asked me the question) doesn't provide answers or explanations for incorrect answers, and I'm searching online so I can better understand it.

What comes next in this numeric sequence: $$5, 13, 7.5, 9.5, 10, 6, 12.5, ?$$

The multiple-choice answers provided are: $$2.5,\, 3,\, 3.5,\, 8,\, 13$$

I'm completely at a loss and would appreciate any input. Thank you!

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Commented Dec 6, 2019 at 3:05

OH MY GOD I just got it. Like, as I was looking at my own question. Boy do I feel silly.

It's a pattern for every OTHER number (5, 7.5, 10, 12.5, adding 2.5 for each sequential number); (13, 9.5, 6, subtracting 3.5 to reach each subsequent number).

The next number is

2.5 (6-3.5).

PHEW that was bugging the bejeezus out of me! Hahaha

• Glad you worked it out! Remember to come back and accept this in a couple of days' time! Commented Dec 6, 2019 at 11:54
• I noticed that rot13(rirel cnve bs ahzoref fhz gb na rire qrpernfvat ahzore - 18, 17, 16, 15...) Commented Dec 6, 2019 at 12:24

2.5

because even terms reduce by 3.5

The sequence is two sequences interlaced. That is what makes it difficult to figure out.

The odd places in the sequence are: 5, 7.5, 10, 12.5. Each number increases by 2.5.
The even places in the sequence are: 13, 9.5, 6. Each number decreases by 3.5.
Since the next item in the sequence is at an even place, that would make it 6 - 3.5 = 2.5. So that is the answer.