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The ratio r is the factor needed to go from term to term. To find the factor, divide any term by its previous term. So I chose 3 as the first term to be divided by 1
pick any nth term and any previous term, such as the 2nd and 1st term.
I can also do it with 27 and 9 and it will still give me the same value
b) Since we are multiplying by r each term, our sequence is simply
So to find the nth term (
), we simply multiply the previous term (
) by r.
So if we start at 1, to get to 3 we multiply 1 by r=3
Now to go from 3 to 9 we multiply by r again
Now to go from 9 to 27 we multiply by r again
Notice that for the 1st term 3 we have only 1 r, 2nd term we have 2 r's, etc. So the term we have determines the number of r's. In other words, the nth term is
So our sequence is
Now let n=9 to find the 10th term (we started at n=0)
So the 10th term is 19,683
c) The sum of the first ten terms can be found by using
So let r=3
So the sum of the first ten terms are 29,524