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Verbal

What is an n th partial sum?

An n th partial sum is the sum of the first n terms of a sequence.

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What is the difference between an arithmetic sequence and an arithmetic series?

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What is a geometric series?

A geometric series is the sum of the terms in a geometric sequence.

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How is finding the sum of an infinite geometric series different from finding the n th partial sum?

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What is an annuity?

An annuity is a series of regular equal payments that earn a constant compounded interest.

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Algebraic

For the following exercises, express each description of a sum using summation notation.

The sum of terms m 2 + 3 m from m = 1 to m = 5

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The sum from of n = 0 to n = 4 of 5 n

n = 0 4 5 n

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The sum of 6 k 5 from k = 2 to k = 1

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The sum that results from adding the number 4 five times

k = 1 5 4

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For the following exercises, express each arithmetic sum using summation notation.

5 + 10 + 15 + 20 + 25 + 30 + 35 + 40 + 45 + 50

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10 + 18 + 26 + + 162

k = 1 20 8 k + 2

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1 2 + 1 + 3 2 + 2 + + 4

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For the following exercises, use the formula for the sum of the first n terms of each arithmetic sequence.

3 2 + 2 + 5 2 + 3 + 7 2

S 5 = 5 ( 3 2 + 7 2 ) 2

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3.2 + 3.4 + 3.6 + + 5.6

S 13 = 13 ( 3.2 + 5.6 ) 2

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For the following exercises, express each geometric sum using summation notation.

1 + 3 + 9 + 27 + 81 + 243 + 729 + 2187

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8 + 4 + 2 + + 0.125

k = 1 7 8 0.5 k 1

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1 6 + 1 12 1 24 + + 1 768

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For the following exercises, use the formula for the sum of the first n terms of each geometric sequence, and then state the indicated sum.

9 + 3 + 1 + 1 3 + 1 9

S 5 = 9 ( 1 ( 1 3 ) 5 ) 1 1 3 = 121 9 13.44

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n = 1 9 5 2 n 1

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a = 1 11 64 0.2 a 1

S 11 = 64 ( 1 0.2 11 ) 1 0.2 = 781 , 249 , 984 9 , 765 , 625 80

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For the following exercises, determine whether the infinite series has a sum. If so, write the formula for the sum. If not, state the reason.

2 + 1.6 + 1.28 + 1.024 + ...

The series is defined. S = 2 1 0.8

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k = 1 ( 1 2 ) k 1

The series is defined. S = 1 1 ( 1 2 )

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Graphical

For the following exercises, use the following scenario. Javier makes monthly deposits into a savings account. He opened the account with an initial deposit of $50. Each month thereafter he increased the previous deposit amount by $20.

Graph the arithmetic sequence showing one year of Javier’s deposits.

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Graph the arithmetic series showing the monthly sums of one year of Javier’s deposits.

Graph of Javier's deposits where the x-axis is the months of the year and the y-axis is the sum of deposits.
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For the following exercises, use the geometric series k = 1 ( 1 2 ) k .

Graph the first 7 partial sums of the series.

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What number does S n seem to be approaching in the graph? Find the sum to explain why this makes sense.

Sample answer: The graph of S n seems to be approaching 1. This makes sense because k = 1 ( 1 2 ) k is a defined infinite geometric series with S = 1 2 1 ( 1 2 ) = 1.

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Numeric

For the following exercises, find the indicated sum.

n = 1 6 n ( n 2 )

49

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For the following exercises, use the formula for the sum of the first n terms of an arithmetic series to find the sum.

1.7 + 0.4 + 0.9 + 2.2 + 3.5 + 4.8

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6 + 15 2 + 9 + 21 2 + 12 + 27 2 + 15

S 7 = 147 2

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1 + 3 + 7 + ... + 31

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k = 1 11 ( k 2 1 2 )

S 11 = 55 2

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For the following exercises, use the formula for the sum of the first n terms of a geometric series to find the partial sum.

S 6 for the series 2 10 50 250...

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S 7 for the series 0.4 2 + 10 50...

S 7 = 5208.4

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n = 1 10 2 ( 1 2 ) n 1

S 10 = 1023 256

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For the following exercises, find the sum of the infinite geometric series.

1 1 4 1 16 1 64 ...

S = 4 3

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k = 1 3 ( 1 4 ) k 1

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n = 1 4.6 0.5 n 1

S = 9.2

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For the following exercises, determine the value of the annuity for the indicated monthly deposit amount, the number of deposits, and the interest rate.

Deposit amount: $ 50 ; total deposits: 60 ; interest rate: 5 % , compounded monthly

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Deposit amount: $ 150 ; total deposits: 24 ; interest rate: 3 % , compounded monthly

$3,705.42

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Deposit amount: $ 450 ; total deposits: 60 ; interest rate: 4.5 % , compounded quarterly

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Deposit amount: $ 100 ; total deposits: 120 ; interest rate: 10 % , compounded semi-annually

$695,823.97

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Extensions

The sum of terms 50 k 2 from k = x through 7 is 115. What is x ?

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Write an explicit formula for a k such that k = 0 6 a k = 189. Assume this is an arithmetic series.

a k = 30 k

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Find the smallest value of n such that k = 1 n ( 3 k 5 ) > 100.

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How many terms must be added before the series 1 3 5 7 ....   has a sum less than 75 ?

9 terms

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Write 0. 65 ¯ as an infinite geometric series using summation notation. Then use the formula for finding the sum of an infinite geometric series to convert 0. 65 ¯ to a fraction.

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The sum of an infinite geometric series is five times the value of the first term. What is the common ratio of the series?

r = 4 5

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To get the best loan rates available, the Riches want to save enough money to place 20% down on a $160,000 home. They plan to make monthly deposits of $125 in an investment account that offers 8.5% annual interest compounded semi-annually. Will the Riches have enough for a 20% down payment after five years of saving? How much money will they have saved?

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Karl has two years to save $ 10 , 000 to buy a used car when he graduates. To the nearest dollar, what would his monthly deposits need to be if he invests in an account offering a 4.2% annual interest rate that compounds monthly?

$400 per month

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Real-world applications

Keisha devised a week-long study plan to prepare for finals. On the first day, she plans to study for 1 hour, and each successive day she will increase her study time by 30 minutes. How many hours will Keisha have studied after one week?

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A boulder rolled down a mountain, traveling 6 feet in the first second. Each successive second, its distance increased by 8 feet. How far did the boulder travel after 10 seconds?

420 feet

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A scientist places 50 cells in a petri dish. Every hour, the population increases by 1.5%. What will the cell count be after 1 day?

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A pendulum travels a distance of 3 feet on its first swing. On each successive swing, it travels 3 4 the distance of the previous swing. What is the total distance traveled by the pendulum when it stops swinging?

12 feet

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Rachael deposits $1,500 into a retirement fund each year. The fund earns 8.2% annual interest, compounded monthly. If she opened her account when she was 19 years old, how much will she have by the time she is 55? How much of that amount will be interest earned?

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Questions & Answers

12, 17, 22.... 25th term
Alexandra Reply
College algebra is really hard?
Shirleen Reply
Absolutely, for me. My problems with math started in First grade...involving a nun Sister Anastasia, bad vision, talking & getting expelled from Catholic school. When it comes to math I just can't focus and all I can hear is our family silverware banging and clanging on the pink Formica table.
Carole
find the 15th term of the geometric sequince whose first is 18 and last term of 387
Jerwin Reply
I know this work
salma
The given of f(x=x-2. then what is the value of this f(3) 5f(x+1)
virgelyn Reply
hmm well what is the answer
Abhi
how do they get the third part x = (32)5/4
kinnecy Reply
can someone help me with some logarithmic and exponential equations.
Jeffrey Reply
sure. what is your question?
ninjadapaul
20/(×-6^2)
Salomon
okay, so you have 6 raised to the power of 2. what is that part of your answer
ninjadapaul
I don't understand what the A with approx sign and the boxed x mean
ninjadapaul
it think it's written 20/(X-6)^2 so it's 20 divided by X-6 squared
Salomon
I'm not sure why it wrote it the other way
Salomon
I got X =-6
Salomon
ok. so take the square root of both sides, now you have plus or minus the square root of 20= x-6
ninjadapaul
oops. ignore that.
ninjadapaul
so you not have an equal sign anywhere in the original equation?
ninjadapaul
hmm
Abhi
is it a question of log
Abhi
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Commplementary angles
Idrissa Reply
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Sherica
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Sherica
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Tamia
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Uday
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salma
what is a good calculator for all algebra; would a Casio fx 260 work with all algebra equations? please name the cheapest, thanks.
Kevin Reply
a perfect square v²+2v+_
Dearan Reply
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Abdirahman Reply
algebra 2 Inequalities:If equation 2 = 0 it is an open set?
Kim Reply
or infinite solutions?
Kim
The answer is neither. The function, 2 = 0 cannot exist. Hence, the function is undefined.
Al
y=10×
Embra Reply
if |A| not equal to 0 and order of A is n prove that adj (adj A = |A|
Nancy Reply
rolling four fair dice and getting an even number an all four dice
ramon Reply
Kristine 2*2*2=8
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