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A list of numbers that follows a rule is called a sequence. Sequences whose rule is the multiplication of a constant are called geometric sequences, similar to arithmetic sequences that follow a rule of addition. Homework problems on geometric sequences often ask us to find the nth term of a sequence using a formula. Geometric sequences are important to understanding geometric series.
Determine the nth term of a geometric sequence.
Determine the common ratio of a geometric sequence.
Determine the formula for a geometric sequence.
A geometric sequence is a sequence that has the pattern of multiplying by a constant to determine the consecutive terms.
We say geometric sequences have a common ratio.
an = an - 1r
Geometric Sequences (Introduction)
A Quick Intro to Geometric Sequences
Gives the definition of a geometric sequence and go through 4 examples, determining if each qualifies as a geometric sequence or not.
A geometric sequence is a sequence of numbers where each term after the first term is found by multiplying the previous one by a fixed non-zero number, called the common ratio.
Determine which of the following sequences are geometric. If so, give the value of the common ratio, r.
Geometric Sequences: A Formula for the’ n - th ’ Term.
Derive the formula to find the ’n-th’ term of a geometric sequence by considering an example.
The formula to find another term of the sequence.
Consider the geometric sequence
How to find the general term or nth term of a geometric sequence?
We can use what we know of geometric sequences to understand geometric series. A geometric series is a series or summation that sums the terms of a geometric sequence. There are methods and formulas we can use to find the value of a geometric series. It can be helpful for understanding geometric series to understand arithmetic series, and both concepts will be used in upper-level Calculus topics.
How to determine the partial sum of a geometric series?
Summing or adding the terms of a geometric sequence creates what is called a series.
How to find the sum of a geometric series?
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