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    Arithmetic sequence, geometric sequence, & geometric series

    Can someone please put me on the right track to solving these problems? If you can provide an example for at least one of each, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks so much. Please see attachment. ,
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    Quote Originally Posted by fw_mathis View Post
    Can someone please put me on the right track to solving these problems? If you can provide an example for at least one of each, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks so much. Please see attachment. ,
    Question 1:
    Use the arithmetic sequence of numbers 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 to find the following:
    What is d, the difference between any 2 terms?
    Why is this a problem?

    the differences can be written:

    (4-2)=2, (6-4)=2, (8-6)=2, (10-8)=2.

    Question 2:
    Using the formula for the nth term of an arithmetic sequence, what is 101st term?

    the first term is 2, the second term is 2+2=4, the third term is 2+2+2=6, the n-th term is 2+2+....+2 (with n terms) which is equal to 2n.

    Therefore the 101-st tem is 1x101=202.

    Using the formula for the sum of an arithmetic sequence, what is the sum of the first 20 terms?
    You need to know the formula for the sum of an arithmetic progression.

    S(n)=(1/2)n(2a+(n-1)d)

    here first term a=2, common difference d=2 and n=20, so:

    S(20)=(1/2)x20x(4+19x2)=420



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    Hello, fw_mathis!

    Are you really having trouble with these problems?

    Do you know what "difference between any two terms" means?
    . . And you're expected know the necessary formulas.
    So where exactly is your difficulty?


    Using the arithmetic sequence of numbers: 2,\,4,\,6,\,8,\,10,\,\hdots to find the following:
    What is d, the difference between any two consecutive terms?

    The difference between 2 and 4 is . . . um . . . 2 ?
    The difference between 4 and 6 is . . . er . . . 2 ?


    Using the formula for the n^{th} term of an arithmetic sequence, what is the 101^{st} term?

    The formula for the n^{th} term is: . a_n\:=\:a + (n-1)d
    . . where a = first term, d = common difference, n = number of terms.

    We have: . a = 2,\:d = 2,\:n = 101

    Therefore: . a_{101} \;=\;2 + (101-1)2 \;=\;202


    Using the formula for the sum of an arithmetic sequence,
    . . what is the sum of the first 20 terms?

    Formula: . S_n\;=\;\frac{n}{2}\left[2a + (n-1)d\right]

    We have: . a = 2,\:d = 2,\;n = 20

    Therefore: . S_{20} \;=\;\frac{20}{2}\left[2(2) + (20-1)2\right] \;=\;420


    I'll let someone else teach you about Geometric Sequences . . .
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