How would I find the sum of 3^r from r=1 to r=n?

I honestly have no workings because I don't know how to approach this since I can't split it into 3*(sum[1^r])

Thank you for your help.

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- Nov 18th 2012, 10:24 AM #1

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## Re: Sum of 3^r

It's a geometric series with $\displaystyle \displaystyle \begin{align*} a = 3 \end{align*}$ and common ratio $\displaystyle \displaystyle \begin{align*} \rho = 3 \end{align*}$.

The sum of a finite geometric series can be evaluated using $\displaystyle \displaystyle \begin{align*} S_n = \frac{a \left( 1 - \rho ^n \right)}{1 - \rho} \end{align*}$.