# math+ confused!

posted by
**eva!**
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okay the question is as follows:

write the first three teerms of tn= 5(2)^ n-1. what is the value of

tn/tn-3?

I did not get I asked my teacher and he said:

plug in n=1, n=2, n=3, to find t_1, t_2, t_3.

plug in n-3 and n separately. then take the ratio of the terms.

I am totally confused now could you probably explain to me waht my teacher is telling me? thanks!

Are you confused with both parts, or just the second part?

For the first part, substitute variable n with the number 1. Then with 2, and last with 3.

t(n) = 5(2)^(n-1)

t(1) = 5(2)^(1-1)

t(2) = 5(2)^(2-1)

t(3) = 5(2)^(3-1)

Of course, each of those answers can be simplified to a number.

Similarly with n and (n-3):

t(n) = 5(2)^(n-1)

t(n-3) = 5(2)^((n-3)-1)

Setup a fraction and simplify to find the ratio.

Your teacher gave you the correct instructions. Basically this is what you're expected to do.

You have t_{n} = 5*2^{n-1}

So the substitution part is

t_{1} = 5*2^{1-1} = 5*1

t_{2} = 5*2^{2-1} = 5*2

t_{3} = 5*2^{3-1} = 5*4

The second part is

t_{n}/t_{n-3} = 5*2^{n-1}/5*2^{n-4}

The 5's cancel so you have

t_{n-1}/t_{n-3} = 2^{n-1}/2^{n-4} =

2^{(n-1)-(n-4)} = 2^{4-1} = 2^{3}

What this is telling you is that the n^{th} term is eight times the one three places prior to it.

Wow, great use of subscript and superscript.

Thnx, and thank you of enabling them.

Be sure to let us know if/when other tags are enabled.

Subscripts and superscripts are great for complex problem like this but they are a pain to use except when clarity overrides the inconvenience.

i just want to know what this means in math-< >?

love,

jessica

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