A sequence of numbers U1, U2, ... , Un, ... is given by the formula Un = 3((2/3^n)) 1 where n is a positive integer.
a) Find the values of of U1, U2 and U3.
b) Show that the sum to fifteen terms = 9.014 to 4 significant figures.
c) Prove that Un+1 = 2((2/3^n)) 1
This question is in the Edexcel AS and A Level Modular Mathematics C2 (pearson company).
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(Original post by Paranoid_Glitch)
A sequence of numbers U1, U2, ... , Un, ... is given by the formula Un = 3((2/3^n)) 1 where n is a positive integer.
a) Find the values of of U1, U2 and U3.
b) Show that the sum to fifteen terms = 9.014 to 4 significant figures.
c) Prove that Un+1 = 2((2/3^n)) 1
This question is in the Edexcel AS and A Level Modular Mathematics C2 (pearson company). 
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What have you tried so far? Which part did you get up to? 
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done with a). i realised that 2/3 is the common ratio but i'm still having problems trying to prove the sum. have not gotten to c). yet
So how would you write that as a summation, and go on to solve it?
Also, is it ? 
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You're looking for the sum of the first 15 terms, so the sum of u1, u2 ...and u15).
So how would you write that as a summation, and go on to solve it?
Also, is it ? 
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Yeah it is. i tried using a(r^n1)/(r1) but i cannot seem to get it. i substituted r for 2/3, and a=1. could it be a that I'm substituting in wrong
You're looking for the sum of the first 15 terms of . If you were
to express that as a sum of n terms, what would that look like? (Not a trick question). 
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ar^n3 +ar^n2 +ar^n1?

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As it is, it is not a geometric sequence. U1 = 1, U2 = 1/3, U3 = 7/9 etc. There's no common ratio there.
You're looking for the sum of the first 15 terms of . If you were
to express that as a sum of n terms, what would that look like? (Not a trick question). 
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 17012016 11:00
(Original post by Paranoid_Glitch)
ar^n3 +ar^n2 +ar^n1?
was what I was looking for. Do you see what I meant?
If so, is there any way of splitting this up so that you have a geometric sequence + something else?Last edited by Kevin De Bruyne; 17012016 at 11:09. 
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Not quite I may have been a bit confusing.
was what I was looking for. Do you see what I meant?
If so, is there any way of splitting this up so that you have a geometric sequence + something else? 
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 17012016 11:12
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Gosh i am so confused sorry would it be 3*(2/3)^n+1 ;(
That's the sum of the first 15 terms, which is what the question is asking for (but not something that you can solve just yet, but we'll get onto that once you understand this bit).
The i=1 means that the first i value you put in the thing next to the sum is i=1. Then you put in i=2 and add that to the output that you get from i=1, and then add that to what you get for putting i=3 in... all the way to n (which is what the bit on the top means).
So can you see that that's just finding u1, u2,... u15 and adding them all together?Last edited by Kevin De Bruyne; 17012016 at 13:08. 
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Sorry, I'm half asleep  I may have been confusing you.
That's the sum of the first 15 terms, which is what the question is asking for (but not something that you can solve just yet, but we'll get onto that once you understand this bit).
The i=1 means that the first i value you put in the thing next to the sum is i=1. Then you put in i=2 and add that to the output that you get from i=1, and then add that to what you get for putting i=3 in... all the way to n (which is what the bit on the top means).
So can you see that that's just finding u1, u2,... u15 and adding them all together? 
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 17012016 12:55
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Yeah i get it, so u15 = u15+u14 +u13+ u12+....+u1.
Can you see a way to split that into two seperate sums? (Hint: One is a geometric sum) 
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Great
Can you see a way to split that into two seperate sums? (Hint: One is a geometric sum) 
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sorry i just cannot figure this out. could it be a(1r^n) and a(1r^n)/1r? where a=2 and r=2/3. i really do not know sorry
You said that you understand how we got to
Let me know if you want me to explain that again.
We can't apply the geometric formulae that you've mentioned because that is not a geometric sequence. There is no common ratio between u1 and u2.
But we can notice however that for each term, you are taking away 1. So if you are summing the 15 terms, then you have for each term, something and then 1. So that would give you (sum of somethings) 15 in total.
You can see that by splitting the sum up into two.
In other words,
is the same as
+ , and the sum of 15 lots of 1 is 15, and the first term looks more familiar.
Let me know if any of that needs more explaining.Last edited by Kevin De Bruyne; 17012016 at 14:37. 
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Those come in if you have a geometric sequence.
You said that you understand how we got to
Let me know if you want me to explain that again.
We can't apply the geometric formulae that you've mentioned because that is not a geometric sequence. There is no common ratio between u1 and u2.
But we can notice however that for each term, you are taking away 1. So if you are summing the 15 terms, then you have for each term, something and then 1. So that would give you (sum of somethings) 15 in total.
You can see that by splitting the sum up into two.
In other words,
is the same as
+ , and the sum of 15 lots of 1 is 15, and the first term looks more familiar.
Let me know if any of that needs more explaining. 
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oh i think I'm understanding it. so we get the sum of the first fifteen terms then subtract 1 for each term, and because it is 15 terms its 15 because for Un we are subtracting 1 from each term, is that what you mean.
By the way, I'll be moving this to the maths forum for you! 
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oh i think I'm understanding it. so we get the sum of the first fifteen terms then subtract 1 for each term, and because it is 15 terms its 15 because for Un we are subtracting 1 from each term, is that what you mean.
Eg the sum of ax^2 + bx + c is a* the sum of x^2 + b*sum of x + sum of c. (where the sum of n lots of c is nc).
So you've got the 15 out of the sum, how can you calculate the sum that's left over? 
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Pretty much! It's a more general rule of if you have
By the way, I'll be moving this to the maths forum for you! 
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That's one way of explaining it yes, but the important thing is to see that you can do it by splitting up the sum.
Eg the sum of ax^2 + bx + c is a* the sum of x^2 + b*sum of x + sum of c. (where the sum of n lots of c is nc).
So you've got the 15 out of the sum, how can you calculate the sum that's left over?Last edited by Paranoid_Glitch; 17012016 at 14:06.
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