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I have worked out the answer on part (i) but am clueless in part ii
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I have worked out the answer on part (i) but am clueless in part ii
Stems:

Year 1 : 1
Year 2 : 1 + 3
Year 3 : 1 + 3 + 9
Year 4 : 1 + 3 + 9 + 27

So you're looking for the nth term of this sequence. What do you notice?
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Stems:

Year 1 : 1
Year 2 : 1 + 3
Year 3 : 1 + 3 + 9
Year 4 : 1 + 3 + 9 + 27

So you're looking for the nth term of this sequence. What do you notice?
it is geometric?
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it is geometric?
Yes, well each term is the sum of a geometric sequence.

So Year 1 is S_1, year 2 is S_2 etc.

So the nth term of this sequence will be the same as the sum of the geometric sequence for n terms i.e. S_n.
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it is geometric?
Yh if it was arithmetic then they wouldve had the same pattern throughout


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Yes, well each term is the sum of a geometric sequence.

So Year 1 is S_1, year 2 is S_2 etc.

So the nth term of this sequence will be the same as the sum of the geometric sequence for n terms i.e. S_n.
so it is 1*(1-3^n)/1-3
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so it is 1*(1-3^n)/1-3
Yes that's right although you can simplify it and write it in a nicer way.
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which is then (1-3^n)/-2 which can be simplified to 1/2(3^n-1)
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Yes that's right although you can simplify it and write it in a nicer way.
Thanks for the help I understand the question now.
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