# Thread: Closed form for a sequence

1. ## Closed form for a sequence

i am having trouble with this sequence:

x1=3 xn+1=0.8 xn-5 (n=1,2,3....)

how do i find a closed form, also in the tenth term correct to 4SF

Can someone explain how can i describe a long term behaviour of the sequence

many thanks
rich

2. Originally Posted by scouse280
x1=3 xn+1=0.8 xn-5 (n=1,2,3....)
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3. Originally Posted by scouse280
i am having trouble with this sequence:

x1=3 xn+1=0.8 xn-5 (n=1,2,3....)

how do i find a closed form, also in the tenth term correct to 4SF

Can someone explain how can i describe a long term behaviour of the sequence

many thanks
rich
I take it that you mean $x_1= 3$ and $x_{n+1}= 0.8x_n- 5$. Notice that $x_2= 0.8x_1- 5$ and then $x_3= 0.8(0.8x_1- 5)- 5= x_1(0.8)^2- 5(0.8)- 5$, $x_4= 0.8((0.8)^2x_1- 5(0.8)- 5)- 5= x_1(0.8)^3- 5(0.8)^2- 5(0.8)- 5$