Posted by **saraah** on Monday, June 3, 2013 at 9:12pm.

in a geometric sequence the first term is 2. The 3rd term is the sum of the 1st and 2nd term. Find the ratio, and the 2 terms

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**Reiny**, Monday, June 3, 2013 at 9:37pm
a = 2

term(3) = ar^2 = 2r^2

term(2) = ar = 2r

2 + 2r = 2r^2

r^2 - r - 1 = 0

r = (1 ± √5)/2

if r = (1 + √5)/2 , which btw, is the GOLDEN RATIO

the first 2 terms are

2 and 1 + √5

if r = (1 - √5)/2

the first 2 terms are

2 and 1 - √5

check: using my calculator and decimals

terms are 2 , 3.236.. , 5.236..

the third time is the sum of the first two

or

terms are 2, -1.236.. , .7639...

.7639 = 2 - 1.236 , ok

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