Precalculus : Terms in a Series

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for Precalculus

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Example Questions

Example Question #184 : Pre Calculus

Consider the sequence:

What is the fifteenth term in the sequence?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

The sequence can be described by the equation , where is the term in the sequence.

For the 15th term, .

Example Question #1 : Terms In A Series

What is the sum of the first  terms of an arithmetic series if the first term is , and the last term is ?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Write the formula to find the arithmetic sum of a series where  is the number of terms,  is the first term, and  is the last term.

Substitute the given values and solve for the sum.

Example Question #186 : Pre Calculus

Given the terms of the sequence , what are the next two terms after ?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

The next two terms are  and . This is the Fibonacci sequence where you start off with the terms  and , and the next term is the sum of two previous terms. So then

and so on.

Example Question #187 : Pre Calculus

What is the fifth term of the series 

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Let's try to see if this series is a geometric series.

We can divide adjacent terms to try and discover a multiplicative factor.

Doing this it seems the series proceeds with a common multiple of  between each term.

Rewriting the series we get,

 .

When 

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