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## Example Questions

### Example Question #1 : How To Find The Nth Term Of An Arithmetic Sequence

If the first day of the year is a Monday, what is the 295th day?

**Possible Answers:**

Tuesday

Monday

Saturday

Wednesday

**Correct answer:**

Monday

The 295th day would be the day after the 42nd week has completed. 294 days/7 days a week = 42 weeks. The next day would therefore be a monday.

### Example Question #1 : How To Find The Nth Term Of An Arithmetic Sequence

If the first two terms of a sequence are and , what is the 38th term?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

The sequence is multiplied by each time.

### Example Question #1 : Arithmetic Sequences

Find the term of the following sequence:

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

The formula for finding the term of an arithmetic sequence is as follows:

where

= the difference between consecutive terms

= the number of terms

Therefore, to find the term:

### Example Question #9 : Arithmetic Sequences

What is the rd term of the following sequence:?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

Notice that between each of these numbers, there is a difference of ; however the first number is , the second , and so forth. This means that for each element, you know that the value must be , where is that number's place in the sequence. Thus, for the rd element, you know that the value will be or .

### Example Question #10 : Arithmetic Sequences

What is the th term in the following series of numbers: ?

**Possible Answers:**

148

**Correct answer:**

Notice that between each of these numbers, there is a difference of . This means that for each element, you will add . The first element is or . The second is or , and so forth... Therefore, for the th element, the value will be or .

### Example Question #1 : How To Find The Nth Term Of An Arithmetic Sequence

Find the sum of the first fifteen terms in an arithmetic sequence whose sixth term is and whose ninth term is .

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

Use the formula *a*_{n} = *a*_{1} + (*n* – 1)*d*

*a*_{6} = *a*_{1} + 5*d*

*a*_{9} = *a*_{1} + 8*d*

Subtracting these equations yields

*a*_{6 }– *a*_{9} = –3*d*

–7 – 8 = –3*d*

*d* = 5

*a*_{1} = 33

Then use the formula for the series; = –30

### Example Question #2 : Nth Term Of An Arithmetic Sequence

Given the sequence of numbers:

1, 5, 9, _ , _ , 21 ....

What are the two missing terms of the arithmetic sequence?

**Possible Answers:**

13, 16

12, 18

13, 17

14, 16

14, 17

**Correct answer:**

13, 17

The sequence is defined by *a _{n }*= 4

*n –*3 for such

*n*= 1,2,3,4....

### Example Question #3 : Nth Term Of An Arithmetic Sequence

What is the next term in the following sequence?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

What is the next term in the following sequence?

This is an arithmetic sequence with a common difference of . To find the next term in an arithmetic sequence, add the common difference to the previously listed term:

### Example Question #4 : Nth Term Of An Arithmetic Sequence

Find the sixth term in the following number sequence.

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

This question can be answered by analyzing the sequence provided and determining the pattern. The first term is , and the second term is The third term is Thus, has been added to in order to obtain , and has been added to in order to obtain This shows that is added to each preceding term in the sequence in order to obtain the next term. The complete sequence from terms one through six is shown below.

Thus, the sixth term is

### Example Question #5 : Nth Term Of An Arithmetic Sequence

What is the next term of the series ?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

Begin by looking at the transitions from number to number in this series:

From to : Add

From to : Subtract

From to : Add

From to : Subtract

From what you can tell, you can guess that the next step will be to add . Thus, the next value will be .

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