# general term

• September 14th 2009, 06:54 AM
thereddevils
general term
Find the general term of this sequence ,

0 , 5 , 6 , 11 , ...

i can see the pattern +5 , +1 , +5 , ...

So i hv this idea ..

$3+(-1)^r(2)$

where

$U_1=0$
$U_2=U_1+3+(-1)^r(2)$ , where r=2
$U_3=U_2+3+(-1)^r(2)$, where r=3

And so on ..

$
U_n=U_{n-1}+\sum^{n}_{r=1}[3+(-1)^r(2) ]
$

I am not sure how to continue .. Am i on the right track . Thanks !
• September 14th 2009, 08:36 AM
stapel
Maybe a better way might be to add the amount 3 - 2*(-1)^n at the n-th step...? (Wondering)
• September 15th 2009, 04:00 AM
thereddevils
Quote:

Originally Posted by stapel
Maybe a better way might be to add the amount 3 - 2*(-1)^n at the n-th step...? (Wondering)

I don understand what you are trying to say .. Can you verify whether i am on the right track and the steps for me to continue .. Thanks .