Im working on putting sequences in formulas. I have the sequence:

X-X^3+X^5-X^7+X^9+....

I see the difference in exponets is Plus 2, but how do I get the negative and positive terms?

Thanks 4 Any help!!

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- Feb 2nd 2009, 12:39 PMnikie1o2[SOLVED] Geometric Sequence
Im working on putting sequences in formulas. I have the sequence:

X-X^3+X^5-X^7+X^9+....

I see the difference in exponets is Plus 2, but how do I get the negative and positive terms?

Thanks 4 Any help!! - Feb 2nd 2009, 12:55 PMPlato
$\displaystyle \sum\limits_k {\left( { - 1} \right)^{k + 1} x^{2k - 1} } $

- Feb 2nd 2009, 12:58 PMnikie1o2
Im sorry, I should have mentioned the sequence starts at 0 not 1. Would that answer still apply to the sequence?(Doh)

- Feb 2nd 2009, 01:09 PMSoroban
Hello, nikie1o2!

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I'm working on putting sequences in formulas. . not sure what this means

I have the sequence: .$\displaystyle x-x^3+x^5-x^7+x^9+\hdots$

I see the difference in exponents is Plus 2,

but how do I get the negative and positive terms?

If you are working with Geometric Series, then you want to identify

. . the first term $\displaystyle a$, and the common ratio, $\displaystyle r.$

In this problem, the first term is $\displaystyle x$, the common ratio is $\displaystyle \text{-}x^2$

If you are trying to write the general term for the series, $\displaystyle a_n$,

. . it looks like this: .$\displaystyle a_n \:=\:(\text{-}1)^{n+1}x^{2n-1}$

- Feb 2nd 2009, 02:15 PMPlato