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 August 2nd, 2018, 07:38 PM #1 Newbie   Joined: Aug 2018 From: United States Posts: 2 Thanks: 0 algebra 2 questions! Need help ASAP! 1. Explain why we can have a converging infinite series when 0 < r < 1. Hint: Use "sum of a finite geometric series" as a basis for your explanation. 2. John begins a savings account as follows. On week 1, he puts 1 penny in his bank, on Week 2, he puts in 2 pennies, in Week 3 he puts in 3 pennies, etc. Write an equation that will model how much money he has saved after 'n' weeks and use it to find the amount of money that he will save in one year. How much money did he put in his bank during the final week? Show all work. THANK YOU!
 August 2nd, 2018, 08:38 PM #2 Global Moderator   Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 20,302 Thanks: 1974 1. As "a convergent infinite series" could be a geometric series, it presumably suffices to consider geometric series (using the hint provided). If a geometric series has n terms and common ratio r, consider the result of multiplying the series by 1 - r and hence deduce a formula for the sum. If -1 < r < 1, how does that sum behave as n increases indefinitely? 2. In weeks 1 and n, John saves an average of (1 + n)/2 pennies per week. Do you see why this weekly average is the same when weeks 1 to n are considered together? The total number of pennies saved in those n weeks is therefore n(1 + n)/2. To proceed further, note that a year is slightly longer than 52 weeks, making it slightly unclear whether you should include the pennies saved in week 53.
 August 3rd, 2018, 05:02 AM #3 Math Team   Joined: Oct 2011 From: Ottawa Ontario, Canada Posts: 13,981 Thanks: 994 n = 5: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 = 15 n(n + 1) / 2 = 5(5 + 1) / 2 = 5(6) / 2 = 30/2 = 15
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 Originally Posted by lilycatherinee 1. Explain why we can have a converging infinite series when 0 < r < 1. Hint: Use "sum of a finite geometric series" as a basis for your explanation. 2. John begins a savings account as follows. On week 1, he puts 1 penny in his bank, on Week 2, he puts in 2 pennies, in Week 3 he puts in 3 pennies, etc. Write an equation that will model how much money he has saved after 'n' weeks and use it to find the amount of money that he will save in one year. How much money did he put in his bank during the final week? Show all work. THANK YOU!
I strongly recommend you go back and reread the questions! Are these translated into English from a foreign language? The first question makes no sense because it doesn't say what "r" has to do with any series. I suspect that the question was specifically referring to the finite geometric series $\displaystyle \sum_{i= 0}^n r^i= \frac{1- r^n}{1- r}$. Take the limit as n goes to 0. As long as |r|< 1, $r^n$ goes to 0, so that converges to $\frac{1}{1- r}$.

The second problem is an "arithmetic series" since each term is just the previous term plus 1. For example, if n= 4, the series is 1+ 2+ 3+ 4= 10

One way to do this is in general is to write S= 1+ 2+ 3+ ...+ (n- 1)+ n and then reverse the sum to write S= n+ (n-1)+ ...+ 3+ 2+ 1. Adding the two equations vertically, so that we are adding 1+ n= n+ 1, 2+ (n-1)= n+ 1, etc. we see that each pair of numbers adds to n+ 1. There are n such pairs so the total on the right is n(n+ 1). We have 2S= n(n+1) so that
S= n(n+1)/2. (Check that when n= 4 that is 4(4+ 1)/2= 4(5)/2= 20/2= 10 as before.)

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