Algebra II: Understanding Sequence and Series
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 In this lesson you'll walk through some basic terminology associated with sequences. Then you'll be going over to basics of special forms i.e. • Arithmetic sequences. • Geometric sequences. All this will be done using some examples with solution and with the help of audio, video presentation in instructor's own hand writing. A sequence is a set of numbers written in a given order. A finite sequence is a function whose domain is the set of integers and an infinite sequence is a function whose domain is the set of positive integers.(More text below video...)
Other useful lessons:
 Evaluating a finite arithmetic series Finite geometric series Summation formulae for finite and infinite geometric series
(Continued from above) By a sequence, we mean an arrangement of numbers in a definite order according to some rule. We denote the terms of a sequence by a1, a2, a3, ... , etc., the subscript denotes the position of the term. Sequences can have a certain "rule" by which terms progress, but they can also be completely random. {1, 2, 3, 4 ,...} is a very simple sequence (and it is an infinite sequence) {1, 3, 5, 7} is the sequence of the first 4 odd numbers (and is a finite sequence).
A rule that makes work for any term of a sequence can often be determined from the first few terms of the sequence. E.g. the next three terms of the sequence 2, 4, 8, 16,... are: 32, 64, 128.
An arithmetic sequence is a sequence of numbers such that the difference of any two successive numbers is a constant. Any term of an arithmetic sequence can be evaluated with the formula:
an =a1 +(n - 1)d,
where 'd ' is the common difference of the sequence.
E.g. The sequence 2, 5, 8, 11, 14... is an arithmetic sequence with common difference 3.
A geometric sequence is a sequence such that for all n, there is a constant r such that
an/an-1 = r.
The constant r is called the common ratio. E.g. the 10th term of the sequence 4, 12, 36, 108, 324,... is 78,732.
Now we will introduce and go through some basic terminology associated with series and include working on arithmetic and geometric series in the sections following this. Summation ( ) notation is a shorthand way of saying take the sum of certain terms of a sequence. The sum of terms 1 through n will be expressed as:
(i = 1 to n)ai=a1 + a2 + a3 +...+an
For example,
Sum of n = 1 to n = 4 is 24.
A series is a sum of terms of a sequence and it can be written in summation notation:
(i=4 to 7)3i or expanded out in a sum 12 + 15 + 18 +21.
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