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Posted by **Kathleen** on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 4:07pm.

The pattern is -5,10,-15,20,-25. What is the rule? A sub n = ?

- Algebra -
**Reiny**, Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 4:29pmterm

_{n}= (5n)(-1)^n

- Algebra -
**Lee**, Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 4:35pmThe signs are alternating and each term is

a multiple of 5. The rule would be

(-1)^n(5*n) where n are the integers

1 through 5. To show you that this is true I will evaluate the expression for

each value of n 1 through 5

n=1 (-1)^1*5*1=-1(5)=-5

n=2 (-1)^2*5*2=1(10)=10

n=3 (-1)^3*5*3=-1(15)=-15

n=4 (-1)^4*5*4=1(20)=20

n=5 (-1)^5*5*5=-1(25)=-25

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