Solving application problems with geometric sequences
In real-world scenarios involving arithmetic sequences, we may need to use an initial term of
${a}_{0}$ instead of
${a}_{1}.\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ In these problems, we can alter the explicit formula slightly by using the following formula:
$${a}_{n}={a}_{0}{r}^{n}$$
Solving application problems with geometric sequences
In 2013, the number of students in a small school is 284. It is estimated that the student population will increase by 4% each year.
Write a formula for the student population.
Estimate the student population in 2020.
The situation can be modeled by a geometric sequence with an initial term of 284. The student population will be 104% of the prior year, so the common ratio is 1.04.
Let
$P$ be the student population and
$n$ be the number of years after 2013. Using the explicit formula for a geometric sequence we get
$${P}_{n}=284\cdot {1.04}^{n}$$
We can find the number of years since 2013 by subtracting.
$$2020-2013=7$$
We are looking for the population after 7 years. We can substitute 7 for
$n$ to estimate the population in 2020.
A business starts a new website. Initially the number of hits is 293 due to the curiosity factor. The business estimates the number of hits will increase by 2.6% per week.
recursive formula for
$nth$ term of a geometric sequence
${a}_{n}=r{a}_{n-1},n\ge 2$
explicit formula for
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}nth\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ term of a geometric sequence
$${a}_{n}={a}_{1}{r}^{n-1}$$
Key concepts
A geometric sequence is a sequence in which the ratio between any two consecutive terms is a constant.
The constant ratio between two consecutive terms is called the common ratio.
The common ratio can be found by dividing any term in the sequence by the previous term. See
[link] .
The terms of a geometric sequence can be found by beginning with the first term and multiplying by the common ratio repeatedly. See
[link] and
[link] .
A recursive formula for a geometric sequence with common ratio
$r$ is given by
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{a}_{n}=r{a}_{n\u20131}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ for
$n\ge 2$ .
As with any recursive formula, the initial term of the sequence must be given. See
[link] .
An explicit formula for a geometric sequence with common ratio
$r$ is given by
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{a}_{n}={a}_{1}{r}^{n\u20131}.$ See
[link] .
In application problems, we sometimes alter the explicit formula slightly to
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{a}_{n}={a}_{0}{r}^{n}.\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ See
[link] .
Questions & Answers
How can you tell what type of parent function a graph is ?
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
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
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Thomas
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Darius
Thanks.
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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.
The center is at (3,4) a focus is at (3,-1) and the lenght of the major axis is 26 what will be the answer?
Rima
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Joe
What kind of answer is that😑?
Rima
I had just woken up when i got this message
Joe
Can you please help me. Tomorrow is the deadline of my assignment then I don't know how to solve that
Rima
i have a question.
Abdul
how do you find the real and complex roots of a polynomial?
Abdul
@abdul with delta maybe which is b(square)-4ac=result then the 1st root -b-radical delta over 2a and the 2nd root -b+radical delta over 2a. I am not sure if this was your question but check it up
Nare
This is the actual question: Find all roots(real and complex) of the polynomial f(x)=6x^3 + x^2 - 4x + 1
Abdul
@Nare please let me know if you can solve it.
Abdul
I have a question
juweeriya
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mustapha
The average annual population increase of a pack of wolves is 25.
Period =2π
if there is a coefficient (b), just divide the coefficient by 2π to get the new period
Am
if not then how would I find it from a graph
Imani
by looking at the graph, find the distance between two consecutive maximum points (the highest points of the wave). so if the top of one wave is at point A (1,2) and the next top of the wave is at point B (6,2), then the period is 5, the difference of the x-coordinates.
Am
you could also do it with two consecutive minimum points or x-intercepts
the range is twice of the natural number which is the domain
Morolake
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