Why not stick with
and and divide the second equation by the first. This will eliminate the and enable you to solve for .
Hi guys, need some help with this question:
The sum of the first 20 terms of a geometric series is 10 and the sum of the first 30 terms is 91, find the sum of the first 10 terms.
So this is how i did it:
I tried to find the common ratio:
S20 = 10
a(r^20 - 1)/(r-1) = 10
10(r-1) = a(r^20 - 1)
(r-1) = (a/10)(r^20 - 1) - EQN 1
S30 = 91
a(r^30 - 1)/(r-1) = 91
Sub. EQN 1 into the above EQN:
a(r^30 - 1) * 10/a(r^20 - 1) = 91
THe solution just becomes more and more complicated... =/ is there something wrong? How do I simplify?
Thanks in advance!