# Math - Geometric Series

Find the sum of the geometric series 128 - 64 + 32 - . . . to 8 terms.

a) 85
b) 225
c) 86
d) 85/2
e) not possible

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1. r = -64/128 = -1/2
a = 128

sum(8) = 128( 1 - (1/2)^8 / (1+1/2)
= 128(255/256)(2/3) = 85

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posted by Reiny
2. With only 8 terms, it's easier for me to do the addition than remember the formula.

Adding in pairs, successive pairs are lower by a factor of 4.
64 + 16 + 4 + 1 = 85

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posted by drwls
3. 128-64+32-16+8-4+2-1=64+16+4+1=80+5=85(!)

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