College Algebra 7th Edition

Published by Brooks Cole
ISBN 10: 1305115546
ISBN 13: 978-1-30511-554-5

Chapter 8, Sequences and Series - Section 8.3 - Geometric Sequences - 8.3 Exercises - Page 615: 59



Work Step by Step

We need to find: $\sum_{k=1}^{5}3(\frac{1}{2})^{k-1}$ We see that this is a geometric sequence with $a=3$ and $r=\frac{1}{2}$. We know the partial sum of a geometric sequence is: $S_n=a_1\frac{1-r^n}{1-r}$ $S_5=3\frac{1-(\frac{1}{2})^{5}}{1-\frac{1}{2}}=\frac{93}{16}$
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