Algebra and Trigonometry 10th Edition

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 9781337271172
ISBN 13: 978-1-33727-117-2

Chapter 11 - 11.2 - Arithmetic Sequences and Partial Sums - 11.2 Exercises - Page 788: 80



Work Step by Step

The sum of the first $n$ terms of an arithmetic sequence can be obtained by the following formula: $\frac{n(a_1+a_n)}{2},$ where $a_1$ is the first term, $a_n$ is the nth term and $n$ is the number of terms. Here we know $a_1,a_n$ but we have no information about $n$, so we cannot determine the sum; thus the statement is false.
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