Precalculus (6th Edition) Blitzer

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Chapter 10 - Section 10.2 - Arithmetic Sequences - Exercise Set - Page 1061: 89


The quotient of every consecutive terms is the same or constant. (Proved below.)

Work Step by Step

The sum of an arithmetic sequence is given by: $S_n=\dfrac{n}{2}[a_1+a_n]$ and the nth term for an arithmetic sequence is given by $a_n=a_1+(n-1) d$ We are given that $1,-2, 4,-8, 16.....$ Here, $\dfrac{a_2}{a_1}=\dfrac{-2}{1}=-2 ; \\\dfrac{a_3}{a_2}=\dfrac{4}{-2}=-2 \\ \dfrac{a_4}{a_3}=\dfrac{-8}{4}=-2 \\\dfrac{a_5}{a_4}=\dfrac{16}{-8}=-2$ It has been noticed that the quotient of every consecutive term is the same or constant . Hence, the result has been proved.
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