# arithmetic sequence

• Aug 13th 2009, 12:33 PM
dat1611
arithmetic sequence
Find the nth term of the arithmetic sequence whose initial term is 1 and common difference is 2 Your answer must be a function of n .

seems easy i think it would be 1+2n but thats not right anyone know what im doing wrong
• Aug 13th 2009, 12:37 PM
CaptainBlack
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Originally Posted by dat1611
Find the nth term of the arithmetic sequence whose initial term is 1 and common difference is 2 Your answer must be a function of n .

seems easy i think it would be 1+2n but thats not right anyone know what im doing wrong

That would make the first term $a_1=3$, unless you want to start from $n=0$. Try:

$a_n=-1+2n$

or:

$a_n=1+2(n-1)$

CB