Precalculus (6th Edition)

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Chapter 11 - Further Topics in Algebra - 11.3 Geometric Sequences and Series - 11.3 Exercises: 29

Answer

$r=\dfrac {1}{5};a_{1}=125$

Work Step by Step

$\dfrac {a_{m}}{a_{n}}=r^{m-n}\Rightarrow \dfrac {a_{8}}{a_{3}}=r^{5}=\dfrac {\dfrac {1}{625}}{5}=\dfrac {1}{5^{5}}\Rightarrow r=\dfrac {1}{5};a_{3}=a_{1}\times r^{2}\Rightarrow 5=a_{1}\times \left( \dfrac {1}{5}\right) ^{2}\Rightarrow a_{1}=125$
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