Precalculus (6th Edition) Blitzer

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Chapter 10 - Section 10.3 - Geoetric Sequences and Series - Exercise Set - Page 1076: 89


The amount by which we multiply each time is called the common ratio of the sequence. The general form of the geometric sequence is $a,ar,a{{r}^{2}},a{{r}^{3}},\cdots $. And $r$ is the common ratio.

Work Step by Step

The geometric sequence is the sequence in which each term after the first is obtained by multiplying the preceding term by a fixed nonzero constant ($r$). $a,ar,a{{r}^{2}},a{{r}^{3}},\cdots $. Consider the sequence, $1,2,4,8,16\ldots $ In the sequence given above, the common ratio between two consecutive term is constant. For example, $\begin{align} & \frac{2}{1}=\frac{4}{2} \\ & =\frac{8}{4} \\ & =\frac{16}{8} \\ & =2 \end{align}$ So, 2 is the fixed nonzero common ratio.
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