"the length of the sides in a right triangle form 3 consecutive terms of a geometric sequence. Find the common ratio of the sequence"

i don't know how to start this problem. please give me an idea how to answer this problem.

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- Mar 2nd 2011, 08:20 PMjam2011common ratio of the seqence
"the length of the sides in a right triangle form 3 consecutive terms of a geometric sequence. Find the common ratio of the sequence"

i don't know how to start this problem. please give me an idea how to answer this problem.

Thanks In Advance - Mar 2nd 2011, 09:17 PMWilmer
- Mar 2nd 2011, 09:42 PMrcs
does (r^4 - r^2 - 1) factorable? because (r^2 - 1 ) (r^2 + 1) does not fit to it... how is it done?

- Mar 3rd 2011, 06:16 AMWilmer
Use the quadratic formula.

The Quadratic Formula Explained - Mar 3rd 2011, 07:49 AMscounged
I guess you substitute r^2 for t(or whatever you'd like to call it), and then solve it like any other quadratic.

- Mar 3rd 2011, 04:52 PMrcs
i got it thanks alot

- Mar 4th 2011, 07:08 AMjam2011
thanks a lot...Bless You all

- Mar 4th 2011, 09:00 AMWilmer