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Two questions I need help with.

Find the indicated partial sum using the information given.

1. a3=4/9, a7=9/64, S6

Determine wheater the infinite geometric series has a finite sum

2. 6+ 3+ 3/2 + 3/4 +....

3. -49 + (-7) + (- 1/7) +...

  • Algebra - ,

    1. S6 = 6/2(a+5d)
    d = (A7-A3)/4
    a = A3-2d

    2. since |r| = 1/2 < 1, yes the sum is finits
    3. same

  • Algebra - ,

    I will assume that by a3 you mean term(3)
    and the terms form an geometric sequence

    term(3) = ar^2 = 4/9
    term(7) = ar^6 = 9/64

    divide term7 by term3
    r^4 = (9/64) / (4/9) = 81/256
    r = ± 3/4
    the in ar^2 = 4/9
    a(9/16) = 4/9
    a = 64/81

    so Sum(6) = a(r^6 - 1)/(r-1)
    = (64/81)((3/4)^6 - 1)/(3/4 - 1)
    = 3367/1296
    = appr 2.59799

    2. term2/term1 = 1/2
    term3/term2 = 1/2
    since |r| < 1 , the infinite series has a finite sum

    2nd one:
    r = -7/-49 = 1/7
    yes, so does that one

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