Posted by Crystal on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 6:23pm.
Determine the sum of the first seven terms of the geometric series in which ...
F) t5 = 5 and t8 = 40
I'm stuck on this one!

Math  Steve, Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 6:28pm
t8 = t5 * r^3, so
r^3 = t8/t5 = 40/5 = 8
so, r = 2
t5 = ar^4 = 16a, so a = 5/16
S7 = a(1r^7)/(1r)
= 5/16 (1+2^7)/(1+2) = 5/16 * 129/3 = 215/16 = 13.4375 
Math  Crystal, Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 6:51pm
Can you get r by plugging in numbers into an equation, i.e. ar^n1 and then solving by substitution/elimination?
That was my initial thought but I couldn't figure out how... 
Can anyone else please answer?  Crystal, Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 7:10pm
Not my orinigal post but the one right above this one, can someone answer?

Math  Steve, Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 7:15pm
well, that's basically what I did.
t5 = ar^4
t8 = ar^7
r^3 = t8/t5
a = t5/r^4 = t5 / ∛(t8/t5)^4 = t5 ∛(t5/t8)^4
S7 = t5 ∛(t5/t8)^4 (1(t8/t5)^(7/3))/(1∛(t8/t5))
Now just plug in the numbers and let 'er rip! 
Math  Crystal, Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 7:38pm
Thanks again Steve!