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May 20th, 2010, 11:41 AM   #1
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Determine the formula for the nth term of the sequence?

t35 = -53.9 and t53 = -21.5



t35 and t53 (the numbers 35 and 53 are suppose to be small.


Please show all steps towards solution thanks!!!
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Re: Determine the formula for the nth term of the sequence?

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t35 = -53.9 and t53 = -21.5



t35 and t53 (the numbers 35 and 53 are suppose to be small.


Please show all steps towards solution thanks!!!
Hi reddd,

You failed to tell us if it is an "arithmetic" or "geometric" sequence!



Assuming it is an arithmetic sequence, we need to find the common difference and the 1st term.



There are 19 terms between 35th and 53rd terms inclusive.





Now, let's find the 1st term.









Now, to the equation for the nth term:

If you want, you can expand the right side so that .
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May 20th, 2010, 12:45 PM   #3
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t35 = -53.9 and t53 = -21.5



t35 and t53 (the numbers 35 and 53 are suppose to be small.


Please show all steps towards solution thanks!!!
Hi reddd,

You failed to tell us if it is an "arithmetic" or "geometric" sequence!


Ah sorry; it's an arithmetic sequence.
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May 20th, 2010, 12:50 PM   #4
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You can get this by solving the simultaneous equations 35d + a = -53.9, 53d + a = -21.9.

By the nth term, does the question mean or ?
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