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: 68

Answer

$-\frac{1}{8}, \frac{1}{4}, -\frac{1}{2}, 1, -2, 4$

Work Step by Step

Write the first six terms by multiplying by the common ratio $-2$ to get the next term. The problem tells us that we start at -1/8. $-\frac{1}{8}, \frac{2}{8}=\frac{1}{4}, -\frac{2}{4}=-\frac{1}{2}, 1, -2, 4$ Because we are multiplying by a negative, the terms alternate between negative and positive.
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