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**3rdMath****Member**- Registered: 2013-01-29
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Given the series 1/2 + 1/(2^4)+1/(2^7)+1/(2^10)

(i) show that this is geometric sequence..........can some1 help with this please

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

That is a geometric series because each term has a common ratio which is

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**n872yt3r****Member**- Registered: 2013-01-21
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(2^4=16) (2^7=49) (2^10=100) 1/16+1/49=0.0829081632653061224489795183673...+1/100=0.09290816326530612244897959183673...+1/2=0.59290816326530612244897959183673...

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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n872yt3r wrote:

(2^4=16) (2^7=49) (2^10=100) 1/16+1/49=0.0829081632653061224489795183673...+1/100=0.09290816326530612244897959183673...+1/2=0.59290816326530612244897959183673...

That is not correct. 2^7 is not 49 and 2^10 is not 100...

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi n872yt3r;

7^2 = 49 and 10^2 = 100

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**mttal24****Member**- Registered: 2012-05-01
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Well, to identify and prove a geometric progression the following can be used:

If

t2/t1=t3/t2=t4/t3=.....=tn/t(n-1)=r (and 'r' also represents common ratio)

then the sequence is a GP.

Here,

1/2^4 divided by1/2 is equal to 1/2^7 divided by 1/2^4.

Thus, you can show that it is a gp

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi 3rdMath

Welcome to the forum.

If you had an algebraic form for the general term, then you could do the job in one go with

As you have just 4 terms and no general term you will have to show that

The value for this constant has already been given in earlier posts.

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