ACT Math : How to find the common difference in sequences

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Example Questions

Example Question #8 : Sequences

In the sequence 3, ____, ____, 24, what numbers can fill the two blanks so that consecutive terms differ by a common ratio?

 

Possible Answers:

10, 15

9, 18

12, 16

6, 12

10, 17

Correct answer:

6, 12

Explanation:

If the common ratio is r, then the sequence can be rewritten as 3, 3r, , . We see then that , which gives us that r=2. Therefore, the missing terms are 6 and 12.

 

 

 

Example Question #2 : Sequences

Find the common difference of the following sequence:

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The common difference is equal to

Plugging our values into this equation we can find the common difference.

Therefore, in this case the common difference is .

Example Question #10 : Sequences

Find the common difference of the following sequence:

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The common difference is equal to

.

Plugging in the values from this problem we get,

Therefore, in this case the common difference is .

Example Question #1 : How To Find The Common Difference In Sequences

Find the common difference of the following sequence:

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The common difference is equal to

.

Plugging in the values from this problem we get,

Therefore, in this case the common difference is .

Example Question #12 : Sequences

The following is an arithmetic sequence. Find an explicit equation for it in terms of the common difference.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Finding the common difference is fairly simple. We simply subtract the first term from the second. 7-3 = 4, so 4 is our common difference. So each term is going to be 4n plus something: 

We know the first term is 3, so we can plug in that to our equation.

So the explicit form of our arithmetic sequence is 

.

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