Please help, I'm understanding some parts of the sequence and then some parts are confusing. I remember doing these in algebra but they were much simpler. I thought I only had to plug & chug, but...

I need help with finding the sum of the first 5 terms of the sequence and they are defined recursively by:

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The sum is 1 + 2 + 5 + 29 + 866 = 903.

I thought the way to do this was to replace n with the numbers 1 - 5:

to get the sum, what I was wrong.

If I plug in '2' for the next sequence I don't get the right answer. How do I plug in the numbers and solve. I'm confused, please help! TIA...