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The first three terms of a geometric sequence are:

k+2, 4k, 2k^2, k>0

Find the value of k.

I got k=10 after setting k+2+4k equal to the Sn equation? I worked out r as k/2.

Is this right? Thank you!
Original post by IzzyLJB
The first three terms of a geometric sequence are:

k+2, 4k, 2k^2, k>0

Find the value of k.

I got k=10 after setting k+2+4k equal to the Sn equation? I worked out r as k/2.

Is this right? Thank you!


Can check it yourself. If r=k2r= \frac{k}{2} then obviously the second term should be (k+2)k2=k22+k(k+2) \frac{k}{2} = \frac{k^2}{2} + k but it's not that!

Meaning you did it wrong.

Why not just make the ratios between consecutive terms the same since that must be true on a geo sequence??

I.e. 4kk+2=2k24k\dfrac{4k}{k+2} = \dfrac{2k^2}{4k}
Sorry, just found this thread and I’m having problems with the same question. I’d be fine if I could find the common ratio. How can I find the common ratio for that question?
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Original post by Ncodling2017
Sorry, just found this thread and I’m having problems with the same question. I’d be fine if I could find the common ratio. How can I find the common ratio for that question?


I think RDKGames gives you the ratio for the first and second two terms and makes them equal (which it must be for a geometric progression). Simply solve that equation k and check it works.
Original post by Ncodling2017
Sorry, just found this thread and I’m having problems with the same question. I’d be fine if I could find the common ratio. How can I find the common ratio for that question?


Original post by mqb2766
I think RDKGames gives you the ratio for the first and second two terms and makes them equal (which it must be for a geometric progression). Simply solve that equation k and check it works.


Original post by IzzyLJB
The first three terms of a geometric sequence are:

k+2, 4k, 2k^2, k>0

Find the value of k.

I got k=10 after setting k+2+4k equal to the Sn equation? I worked out r as k/2.

Is this right? Thank you!


First term in a geometric series is a (k+2 in this question)
Second term is ar (4k in this question)
Third term is ar^2 (2k^2)

Therefore, using basic power laws, and cancelling stuff

ar/a = ar^2 / ar (cancels to r = r)

so

4k / (k+2) = 2k^2 / 4k

Then you simply solve the equation you have formed to find k.


This is very similar to Question 9 on the 2017 C2 paper (old spec) for Edexcel. Have a go at that. I sat that paper. :smile:
can anyone solve this
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k=0 or k=6 I think ?
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