Math(arithmetic & Geometric Series)

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1)The sum of 6 terms of an arithmetic series is 45, the sum of 12 terms is -8. Find the first term and the common difference?

2)If in a geometric sequence the sum of the second and the third is 20 and the sum of the fourth and fifth is 320, find the common ratio and the first term. Assume that the common ratio is possitive.

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    You have to know the formula for the sum of n terms of an AS

    Sum(6) = 3(2a + 5d)
    6a + 15d = 45 --- #1

    sum(12) = 6(2a + 11d ) = -8
    12a + 66d = -8
    6a + 33d = -4 ---#2

    subtract them
    18d = -49
    d = -49/18

    back in #1
    6a + 15(-49/18) = 45
    6a = 45 + 735/18
    6a = 515/18
    a = 515/36

    expected nicer numbers....

    #2:

    ar + ar^2 = 20 ---> ar(1 + r) = 20 ----#1
    ar^3 + ar^4 = 320 ---> ar^3(1 + r) = 320 ---#2

    divide #2 by #1
    r^2 = 16
    r = 4 , you said r is positive

    in #1
    4a(5) = 20
    a = 1

    a = 1 , r = 4

    check:
    terms would be
    1 4 16 64 256
    and 4+16 = 20
    and 64 + 256 = 320

  • Math(arithmetic & Geometric Series) -

    the common different between p and q

  • Math(arithmetic & Geometric Series) -

    The third term of geometric sequence is 108 and the 6term is -32 find the common ratio ,first term and sum of first term

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