This problem has been driving me crazy:
Specify each sequence both explicitly and recursively. (Hint: For the recursive rule, consider a(subscript: n+1) - a(subscript: n)
1, 4, 9, 16, 25...
I need help on what they mean by a(subscript: n+1) - a(subscript: n). I know it has something to do with moving a(subscript: n) over in the recursive rule equation (a[subscript: n+1] = a[subscript: n] + D where D is the common difference) but I can't figure it out...
Blackrider, I think you have got the wrong impression from TheEmptySet's completely correct post.
Just because there is no common difference does not mean you cannot specify the function recursively What you need is . You should be able to spot a pattern in the differences ( )and express it in terms of n.
4-1 = 3, for n = 1
9-4 = 5 for n = 2
16 -9 =7 for n = 3.