College Algebra (10th Edition)

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Chapter 9 - Section 9.2 - Arithmetic Sequences - 9.2 Assess Your Understanding: 26

Answer

$a_{80} = 157$

Work Step by Step

RECALL: (1) The $n^{th}$ term of an arithmetic sequence can be found using the formula: $a_n = a_1 + (n-1)d$ where $a_1$ = first term and $d$ = common difference (2) The common difference $d$ can be found by subtracting any term to the next term of the sequence: $d=a_n - a_{n-1}$ The given sequence has: $a_1=-1$; $d=3-1=2$ Substitute these values into the formula for the $n^{th}$ term, we obtain: $a_n=a_1 + (n-1)d \\a_n=-1+(n-1)2$ To find the 80th term, substitute $80$ for $n$ to obtain: $a_{80} = -1+(80-1)(2) \\a_{80}=-1+79(2) \\a_{80}=-1+158 \\a_{80} = 157$
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