Pre-Cal 40S Slides May 29, 2007

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Introductions to geometric sequences beginning with arithmetic sequences.

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Pre-Cal 40S Slides May 29, 2007

  1. 1. Sequences Photo source chromaspiral
  2. 2. Find the next three terms in each sequence of numbers ... 4, 7, 10, 13, , , 3, 6, 12, 24, , , 32, 16, 8, 4, , , 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8,13, , ,
  3. 3. 4, 7, 10, 13, , ,
  4. 4. Sequence: An ordered list of numbers that follow a certain pattern (or rule). Arithmetic Sequence:(i) Recursive Definition: An ordered list of numbers generated by continuously adding a value (the common difference) to a given first term. (ii) Implicit Definition: An ordered list of numbers where each number in the list is generated by a linear equation. Common Difference (d):(i) The number that is repeatedly added to successive terms in an arithmetic sequence. (ii) From the implicit definition, d is the slope of the linear equation.
  5. 5. To Find The Common Difference d = tn - t(n - 1) d is the common difference tn is an arbitrary term in the sequence t(n - 1) is the term immediately before tn in the sequence To Find the nth Term In an Arithmetic Sequence tn = a + (n - 1)d tn is the nth term a is the first term n is the quot;rankquot; of the nth term in the sequence d is the common difference Example: Find the 51st term (t51) of the sequence 11, 5, -1, -7, ... Solution: a = 11 t51 = 11 + (51 - 1)(-6) d = 5 - 11 t51 = 11 + (50)(-6) = -6 t51 = 11 - 300 n = 51 t51 = -289
  6. 6. 3, 6, 12, 24, , , 32, 16, 8, 4, , ,
  7. 7. Geometic Sequence: (i) Recursive Definition: An ordered list of numbers generated by continuously multiplying a value (the common ratio) with a given first term. (ii) Implicit Definition: An ordered list of numbers where each number in the list is generated by an exponential equation. Common Ratio (r): (i) The number that is repeatedly multiplied to successive terms in a geometic sequence. (ii) From the implicit definition, r is the base of the exponential function.
  8. 8. To Find The Common Ratio r is the common ratio tn is an arbitrary term in the sequence t(n - 1) is the term immediately before tn in the sequence To Find the nth Term In a Geometic Sequence tn is the nth term a is the first term n is the quot;rankquot; of the nth term in the sequence r is the common ratio

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