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    Can someone please help me with this question?
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    I think this might work.
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    I think this might work.
    Which part do you need help with? Also, please post what you've tried.
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    I have done part a and got:
    A2=5-4k,
    A3=5-5k-4k^2,
    I know these are right as my teacher has marked them correct.
    Im not sure how to work out the answers using sigma notation though.
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    (Original post by HiggsBoson)
    I have done part a and got:
    A2=5-4k,
    A3=5-5k-4k^2,
    I know these are right as my teacher has marked them correct.
    Im not sure how to work out the answers using sigma notation though.
    Do you mean you can't do b) and c)?
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    (Original post by Notnek)
    Do you mean you can't do b) and c)?
    Yeah
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    (Original post by HiggsBoson)
    Yeah
    So for b) if you plug r = 1 into the exression inside the sigma you get

    1+a_1

    then plug r = 2

    1+a_2

    and r = 3

    1+a_3

    So \displaystyle \sum_{r=1}^3 1+a_r = 1 + a_1 + 1 + a_2 + 1 + a_3

    Can you work this out using your answers to a)? Please post your working if you get stuck.
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    (Original post by Notnek)
    So for b) if you plug r = 1 into the exression inside the sigma you get

    1+a_1

    then plug r = 2

    1+a_2

    and r = 3

    1+a_3

    So \displaystyle \sum_{r=1}^3 1+a_r = 1 + a_1 + 1 + a_2 + 1 + a_3

    Can you work this out using your answers to a)? Please post your working if you get stuck.
    I got 17-9K-4K^2, is this correct?
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    (Original post by HiggsBoson)
    I got 17-9K-4K^2, is this correct?
    The numbers are correct but the signs are wrong. Please post your working.
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    (Original post by Notnek)
    The numbers are correct but the signs are wrong. Please post your working.
    (1+4)+(1+5-4k)+(1+5-5K-4k^2)
    I added up all the like terms.
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    (Original post by HiggsBoson)
    I have done part a and got:
    A2=5-4k,
    A3=5-5k-4k^2,
    I know these are right as my teacher has marked them correct.
    Im not sure how to work out the answers using sigma notation though.
    I just noticed that your A3 is incorrect.

    It should be 5 - k(5-4k) which becomes

    5 - 5k + 4k^2
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    (Original post by Notnek)
    I just noticed that your A3 is incorrect.

    It should be 5 - k(5-4k) which becomes

    5 - 5k + 4k^2
    So the correct answer should be 17-9k+4k^2?
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    (Original post by HiggsBoson)
    So the correct answer should be 17-9k+4k^2?
    Yes that's right.
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    (Original post by Notnek)
    Yes that's right.
    Thank you,
    Can you please help me with part c please?
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    (Original post by HiggsBoson)
    Thank you,
    Can you please help me with part c please?
    Try plugging in r = 1 then r = 2 etc. like I showed you in part b). Do this a few times and you should notice a pattern. Post your working if you're unsure.
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    (Original post by Notnek)
    Try plugging in r = 1 then r = 2 etc. like I showed you in part b). Do this a few times and you should notice a pattern. Post your working if you're unsure.
    Sorry I don't understand, isn't it the sum of the first 100 terms.
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    (Original post by HiggsBoson)
    Sorry I don't understand, isn't it the sum of the first 100 terms.
    Yes it is but there's a trick to doing this - you don't have to find all 100 terms. Try finding the first few and see what you get. Post your working if you get stuck.
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    (Original post by Notnek)
    Yes it is but there's a trick to doing this - you don't have to find all 100 terms. Try finding the first few and see what you get. Post your working if you get stuck.
    I'm starting to notice a pattern:
    a1=4
    a2=5-4k
    a3=5-5k+4k^2
    a4=5-5k-5k^2-4k^3
    a5=5-5k-5k^2-5k^3-4k^4.
    Im not sure what to do next though
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    (Original post by HiggsBoson)
    I'm starting to notice a pattern:
    a1=4
    a2=5-4k
    a3=5-5k+4k^2
    a4=5-5k-5k^2-4k^3
    a5=5-5k-5k^2-5k^3-4k^4.
    Im not sure what to do next though
    For c) you need to consider the expression inside the sigma so for r = 1:

    a_{1+1} + ka_1 = a_2 + ka_1 = 5-4k + k(4) = 5

    Try doing it for r = 2 and r = 3.
 
 
 
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