# Thread: [SOLVED] Formula for this sequence: 0,4,12,52,204,820

1. ## [SOLVED] Formula for this sequence: 0,4,12,52,204,820

I'm to find an explicit formula for this sequence:

a_1 = 0
a_2 = 4
a_3 = 12
a_4 = 52
a_5 = 204
a_6 = 820
...

(ie "add 1 and muliplty by 4; subtract 1 and multiply by 4; add 1 and muliplty by 4; subtract 1 and multiply by 4 etc etc")

But can an explicit formula for a_n in terms of n (I don't want a "recurrent" formula based on a_(n-1), obviously) be found?

2. ## answer to ur problem of series formula is here by shailesh k pandey.

a(n)=4a(n-1) + 4 if n is odd
a(n)=4a(n-1) - 4 if n is even
with a(0)=0

as i think you will find idt useful.
e.g.
a(1) = a(0)*4 + 4 = 0*4 + 4 = 4
a(2) = a(1) *4 - 4 = 4*4 - 4 = 12 n is even
and so on...

3. $\displaystyle a(n) = \frac{(4^n + 4\times (-1)^n)}{5}$

4. ## secon ans

nth term of series is as follows

a(n)=(-1)^0*2^(2*n) + (-1)^1 * 2^(2*n - 2) +....while 2^0 not comes if it comes leave it

e.g.
a(0)=(-1)^0 * 2^(2*0) = 0
a(1) = (-1)^0 * 2^(2*1) + (-1)^1 * 2^(2 - 2) but second will be igonered. = 4
similarly:
it follows for all other elements of the series.......

5. shailesh1987 - look at ADARSH's post. He wrote a very nice solution that is concise and explicit.

6. Thank u alot for suggestion.
yes, I saw the ADARSH post that was really concise and explicit.