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Verbal

What is an n th partial sum?

An n th partial sum is the sum of the first n terms of a sequence.

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What is the difference between an arithmetic sequence and an arithmetic series?

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What is a geometric series?

A geometric series is the sum of the terms in a geometric sequence.

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How is finding the sum of an infinite geometric series different from finding the n th partial sum?

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What is an annuity?

An annuity is a series of regular equal payments that earn a constant compounded interest.

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Algebraic

For the following exercises, express each description of a sum using summation notation.

The sum of terms m 2 + 3 m from m = 1 to m = 5

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The sum from of n = 0 to n = 4 of 5 n

n = 0 4 5 n

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The sum of 6 k 5 from k = 2 to k = 1

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The sum that results from adding the number 4 five times

k = 1 5 4

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For the following exercises, express each arithmetic sum using summation notation.

5 + 10 + 15 + 20 + 25 + 30 + 35 + 40 + 45 + 50

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10 + 18 + 26 + + 162

k = 1 20 8 k + 2

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1 2 + 1 + 3 2 + 2 + + 4

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For the following exercises, use the formula for the sum of the first n terms of each arithmetic sequence.

3 2 + 2 + 5 2 + 3 + 7 2

S 5 = 5 ( 3 2 + 7 2 ) 2

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3.2 + 3.4 + 3.6 + + 5.6

S 13 = 13 ( 3.2 + 5.6 ) 2

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For the following exercises, express each geometric sum using summation notation.

1 + 3 + 9 + 27 + 81 + 243 + 729 + 2187

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8 + 4 + 2 + + 0.125

k = 1 7 8 0.5 k 1

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1 6 + 1 12 1 24 + + 1 768

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For the following exercises, use the formula for the sum of the first n terms of each geometric sequence, and then state the indicated sum.

9 + 3 + 1 + 1 3 + 1 9

S 5 = 9 ( 1 ( 1 3 ) 5 ) 1 1 3 = 121 9 13.44

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n = 1 9 5 2 n 1

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a = 1 11 64 0.2 a 1

S 11 = 64 ( 1 0.2 11 ) 1 0.2 = 781 , 249 , 984 9 , 765 , 625 80

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For the following exercises, determine whether the infinite series has a sum. If so, write the formula for the sum. If not, state the reason.

2 + 1.6 + 1.28 + 1.024 + ...

The series is defined. S = 2 1 0.8

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k = 1 ( 1 2 ) k 1

The series is defined. S = 1 1 ( 1 2 )

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Graphical

For the following exercises, use the following scenario. Javier makes monthly deposits into a savings account. He opened the account with an initial deposit of $50. Each month thereafter he increased the previous deposit amount by $20.

Graph the arithmetic sequence showing one year of Javier’s deposits.

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Graph the arithmetic series showing the monthly sums of one year of Javier’s deposits.

Graph of Javier's deposits where the x-axis is the months of the year and the y-axis is the sum of deposits.
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For the following exercises, use the geometric series k = 1 ( 1 2 ) k .

Graph the first 7 partial sums of the series.

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What number does S n seem to be approaching in the graph? Find the sum to explain why this makes sense.

Sample answer: The graph of S n seems to be approaching 1. This makes sense because k = 1 ( 1 2 ) k is a defined infinite geometric series with S = 1 2 1 ( 1 2 ) = 1.

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Numeric

For the following exercises, find the indicated sum.

n = 1 6 n ( n 2 )

49

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For the following exercises, use the formula for the sum of the first n terms of an arithmetic series to find the sum.

1.7 + 0.4 + 0.9 + 2.2 + 3.5 + 4.8

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6 + 15 2 + 9 + 21 2 + 12 + 27 2 + 15

S 7 = 147 2

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1 + 3 + 7 + ... + 31

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k = 1 11 ( k 2 1 2 )

S 11 = 55 2

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For the following exercises, use the formula for the sum of the first n terms of a geometric series to find the partial sum.

S 6 for the series 2 10 50 250...

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S 7 for the series 0.4 2 + 10 50...

S 7 = 5208.4

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n = 1 10 2 ( 1 2 ) n 1

S 10 = 1023 256

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For the following exercises, find the sum of the infinite geometric series.

1 1 4 1 16 1 64 ...

S = 4 3

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k = 1 3 ( 1 4 ) k 1

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n = 1 4.6 0.5 n 1

S = 9.2

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For the following exercises, determine the value of the annuity for the indicated monthly deposit amount, the number of deposits, and the interest rate.

Deposit amount: $ 50 ; total deposits: 60 ; interest rate: 5 % , compounded monthly

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Deposit amount: $ 150 ; total deposits: 24 ; interest rate: 3 % , compounded monthly

$3,705.42

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Deposit amount: $ 450 ; total deposits: 60 ; interest rate: 4.5 % , compounded quarterly

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Deposit amount: $ 100 ; total deposits: 120 ; interest rate: 10 % , compounded semi-annually

$695,823.97

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Extensions

The sum of terms 50 k 2 from k = x through 7 is 115. What is x ?

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Write an explicit formula for a k such that k = 0 6 a k = 189. Assume this is an arithmetic series.

a k = 30 k

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Find the smallest value of n such that k = 1 n ( 3 k 5 ) > 100.

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How many terms must be added before the series 1 3 5 7 ....   has a sum less than 75 ?

9 terms

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Write 0. 65 ¯ as an infinite geometric series using summation notation. Then use the formula for finding the sum of an infinite geometric series to convert 0. 65 ¯ to a fraction.

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The sum of an infinite geometric series is five times the value of the first term. What is the common ratio of the series?

r = 4 5

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To get the best loan rates available, the Riches want to save enough money to place 20% down on a $160,000 home. They plan to make monthly deposits of $125 in an investment account that offers 8.5% annual interest compounded semi-annually. Will the Riches have enough for a 20% down payment after five years of saving? How much money will they have saved?

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Karl has two years to save $ 10 , 000 to buy a used car when he graduates. To the nearest dollar, what would his monthly deposits need to be if he invests in an account offering a 4.2% annual interest rate that compounds monthly?

$400 per month

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Real-world applications

Keisha devised a week-long study plan to prepare for finals. On the first day, she plans to study for 1 hour, and each successive day she will increase her study time by 30 minutes. How many hours will Keisha have studied after one week?

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A boulder rolled down a mountain, traveling 6 feet in the first second. Each successive second, its distance increased by 8 feet. How far did the boulder travel after 10 seconds?

420 feet

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A scientist places 50 cells in a petri dish. Every hour, the population increases by 1.5%. What will the cell count be after 1 day?

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A pendulum travels a distance of 3 feet on its first swing. On each successive swing, it travels 3 4 the distance of the previous swing. What is the total distance traveled by the pendulum when it stops swinging?

12 feet

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Rachael deposits $1,500 into a retirement fund each year. The fund earns 8.2% annual interest, compounded monthly. If she opened her account when she was 19 years old, how much will she have by the time she is 55? How much of that amount will be interest earned?

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Questions & Answers

can I get some pretty basic questions
Ama Reply
In what way does set notation relate to function notation
Ama
is precalculus needed to take caculus
Amara Reply
It depends on what you already know. Just test yourself with some precalculus questions. If you find them easy, you're good to go.
Spiro
the solution doesn't seem right for this problem
Mars Reply
what is the domain of f(x)=x-4/x^2-2x-15 then
Conney Reply
x is different from -5&3
Seid
how to prroved cos⁴x-sin⁴x= cos²x-sin²x are equal
jeric Reply
Don't think that you can.
Elliott
how do you provided cos⁴x-sin⁴x = cos²x-sin²x are equal
jeric Reply
What are the question marks for?
Elliott
Someone should please solve it for me Add 2over ×+3 +y-4 over 5 simplify (×+a)with square root of two -×root 2 all over a multiply 1over ×-y{(×-y)(×+y)} over ×y
Abena Reply
For the first question, I got (3y-2)/15 Second one, I got Root 2 Third one, I got 1/(y to the fourth power) I dont if it's right cause I can barely understand the question.
Is under distribute property, inverse function, algebra and addition and multiplication function; so is a combined question
Abena
find the equation of the line if m=3, and b=-2
Ashley Reply
graph the following linear equation using intercepts method. 2x+y=4
Ashley
how
Wargod
what?
John
ok, one moment
UriEl
how do I post your graph for you?
UriEl
it won't let me send an image?
UriEl
also for the first one... y=mx+b so.... y=3x-2
UriEl
y=mx+b you were already given the 'm' and 'b'. so.. y=3x-2
Tommy
Please were did you get y=mx+b from
Abena
y=mx+b is the formula of a straight line. where m = the slope & b = where the line crosses the y-axis. In this case, being that the "m" and "b", are given, all you have to do is plug them into the formula to complete the equation.
Tommy
thanks Tommy
Nimo
0=3x-2 2=3x x=3/2 then . y=3/2X-2 I think
Given
co ordinates for x x=0,(-2,0) x=1,(1,1) x=2,(2,4)
neil
"7"has an open circle and "10"has a filled in circle who can I have a set builder notation
Fiston Reply
x=-b+_Гb2-(4ac) ______________ 2a
Ahlicia Reply
I've run into this: x = r*cos(angle1 + angle2) Which expands to: x = r(cos(angle1)*cos(angle2) - sin(angle1)*sin(angle2)) The r value confuses me here, because distributing it makes: (r*cos(angle2))(cos(angle1) - (r*sin(angle2))(sin(angle1)) How does this make sense? Why does the r distribute once
Carlos Reply
so good
abdikarin
this is an identity when 2 adding two angles within a cosine. it's called the cosine sum formula. there is also a different formula when cosine has an angle minus another angle it's called the sum and difference formulas and they are under any list of trig identities
Brad
strategies to form the general term
carlmark
consider r(a+b) = ra + rb. The a and b are the trig identity.
Mike
How can you tell what type of parent function a graph is ?
Mary Reply
generally by how the graph looks and understanding what the base parent functions look like and perform on a graph
William
if you have a graphed line, you can have an idea by how the directions of the line turns, i.e. negative, positive, zero
William
y=x will obviously be a straight line with a zero slope
William
y=x^2 will have a parabolic line opening to positive infinity on both sides of the y axis vice versa with y=-x^2 you'll have both ends of the parabolic line pointing downward heading to negative infinity on both sides of the y axis
William
y=x will be a straight line, but it will have a slope of one. Remember, if y=1 then x=1, so for every unit you rise you move over positively one unit. To get a straight line with a slope of 0, set y=1 or any integer.
Aaron
yes, correction on my end, I meant slope of 1 instead of slope of 0
William
what is f(x)=
Karim Reply
I don't understand
Joe
Typically a function 'f' will take 'x' as input, and produce 'y' as output. As 'f(x)=y'. According to Google, "The range of a function is the complete set of all possible resulting values of the dependent variable (y, usually), after we have substituted the domain."
Thomas
Sorry, I don't know where the "Â"s came from. They shouldn't be there. Just ignore them. :-)
Thomas
GREAT ANSWER THOUGH!!!
Darius
Thanks.
Thomas
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Thomas
It is the  that should not be there. It doesn't seem to show if encloses in quotation marks. "Â" or 'Â' ... Â
Thomas
Now it shows, go figure?
Thomas
what is this?
unknown Reply
i do not understand anything
unknown
lol...it gets better
Darius
I've been struggling so much through all of this. my final is in four weeks 😭
Tiffany
this book is an excellent resource! have you guys ever looked at the online tutoring? there's one that is called "That Tutor Guy" and he goes over a lot of the concepts
Darius
thank you I have heard of him. I should check him out.
Tiffany
is there any question in particular?
Joe
I have always struggled with math. I get lost really easy, if you have any advice for that, it would help tremendously.
Tiffany
Sure, are you in high school or college?
Darius
Hi, apologies for the delayed response. I'm in college.
Tiffany
how to solve polynomial using a calculator
Ef Reply

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