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find a1 for given geometric series.

Sn= 405, r=3, n=4

I don't know how to start the problem

  • algebra 2 -

    use your formula for S(n)

    S(n) = a(r^n - 1)/(r-1)

    405 = a(3^4 - 1)/(3-1)
    405 = a(81 - 1)/2
    405 = 40a
    a = 405/40 = 81/8

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