Posted by **Anonymous** on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 9:02pm.

For the Arithmetic sequence, determine the value of t1, and d. An explicit formula for the general term. And T20.

7/4, 1, 1/4, -1/2

I don't know how to do this the fraction way, but by doing this the decimal way, the common difference I got is -0.75. T1 would be 7/4.

Formula would be.

Tn = a +(n-1)d

Tn = 1.75 + (n-1)-0.75

Tn = 1.75 + -0.75n -0.75

Tn = -0.75n + 1

T20....

T20 = 1.75 + (20-1)-0.75

T20 = 1.75 + (19) - 0.75

T20 = 1.75 - 14.25

T20 = -12.5

I definitely got the last one wrong, please help.

- Calculus -
**Reiny**, Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 9:13pm
common difference = 1 - 7/4 = 4/4 - 7/4 = -3/4 (you had -.75 correct!)

check: 1/4 - 1 = 1/4 - 4/4 = -3/4

t(n) = a + (n-1)d

= 7/4 + (n-1)(-3/4)

= 7/4 - (3/4)n + 3/4

= 10/4 - (3/4)n or t(n) = 5/2 - (3/4)n

Your error was in line:

Tn = 1.75 + -0.75n -0.75

should have been

Tn = 1.75 + -0.75n +0.75

= 2.5 - .75n , the same as mine

term(20) = a + 19d

= 7/4 + 19(-3/4)

= 7/4 - 57/4

= -50/4 or - 25/2

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