Algebra 2 (1st Edition)

Published by McDougal Littell
ISBN 10: 0618595414
ISBN 13: 978-0-61859-541-9

Chapter 12 Sequences and Series - 12.2 Analyze Arithmetic Sequences and Series - 12.2 Exercises - Skill Practice - Page 807: 59



Work Step by Step

For an arithmetic series, the sum for the finite series is given by: $S_n=\dfrac{n(a_1+a_n)}{2}$ We are given that $S_n=-525$ Now, $-525=\dfrac{n \times (-7+(-3-4n))}{2}$ or, $2n^2+5n-525=0$ or, $(n-15) (2n+35)=0$ This gives: $n=\dfrac{-35}{2}; 15$ Hence, the positive solution for $n$ is $n=15$
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