Thinking Mathematically (6th Edition)

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Chapter 5 - Number Theory and the Real Number System - 5.7 Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences - Exercise Set 5.7: 23

Answer

$a_{50}=252$

Work Step by Step

The $n^{th}$ term of an arithmetic sequence can be found using the formula: $a_n = a_1 + (n-1)d$ where d = common difference $a_1$ = first term $\\a_n= n^{th} \text{ term}$ The given arithmetic sequence has: $a_1 = 7 \\d=5$ Use the formula above to find the 50th term: $a_n=a_1+(n-1)(d) \\a_{50}=7 + (50-1)5 \\a_{50}=7+49(5) \\a_{50}=7+245 \\a_{50}=252$
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