Calculus: Early Transcendentals 8th Edition

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ISBN 13: 978-1-28574-155-0

Chapter 11 - Section 11.1 - Sequences - 11.1 Exercises - Page 704: 4


The first five terms are $0, \frac{3}{5}, \frac{4}{5}, \frac{15}{17},$ and $\frac{12}{13}.$

Work Step by Step

To find the first five terms of the sequence $a_n = \frac{n^2 - 1}{n^2 + 1}$, we must plug in $n=1, n=2, n=3, n=4,$ and $n=5.$ Hence we see that the first five terms are $0, \frac{3}{5}, \frac{4}{5}, \frac{15}{17},$ and $\frac{12}{13}.$
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