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11.1 An Introduction to Sequences & Series p. 651

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Sequence: A list of ordered numbers separated by commas.A list of ordered numbers separated by commas. Each number in the list is called a term.Each number in the list is called a term. For Example:For Example: Sequence 1 Sequence 2 2,4,6,8,10 2,4,6,8,10,… Term 1, 2, 3, 4, 5Term 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Domain – relative position of each term (1,2,3,4,5) Usually begins with position 1 unless otherwise stated. Range – the actual terms of the sequence (2,4,6,8,10)

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Sequence 1 Sequence 2 2,4,6,8,102,4,6,8,10,… 2,4,6,8,102,4,6,8,10,… A sequence can be finite or infinite. The sequence has a last term or final term. (such as seq. 1) The sequence continues without stopping. (such as seq. 2) Both sequences have a general rule: a n = 2n where n is the term # and a n is the nth term. The general rule can also be written in function notation: f(n) = 2n

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Examples: Write the first 6 terms of a n =5-n.Write the first 6 terms of a n =5-n. a 1 =5-1=4a 1 =5-1=4 a 2 =5-2=3a 2 =5-2=3 a 3 =5-3=2a 3 =5-3=2 a 4 =5-4=1a 4 =5-4=1 a 5 =5-5=0a 5 =5-5=0 a 6 =5-6=-1a 6 =5-6=-1 4,3,2,1,0,-14,3,2,1,0,-1 Write the first 6 terms of a n =2 n.Write the first 6 terms of a n =2 n. a 1 =2 1 =2a 1 =2 1 =2 a 2 =2 2 =4a 2 =2 2 =4 a 3 =2 3 =8a 3 =2 3 =8 a 4 =2 4 =16a 4 =2 4 =16 a 5 =2 5 =32a 5 =2 5 =32 a 6 =2 6 =64a 6 =2 6 =64 2,4,8,16,32,642,4,8,16,32,64

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Examples: Write a rule for the nth term. The seq. can be written as: Or, a n =2/(5 n ) The seq. can be written as:The seq. can be written as: 2(1)+1, 2(2)+1, 2(3)+1, 2(4)+1,… Or, a n =2n+1

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Example: write a rule for the nth term. 2,6,12,20,…2,6,12,20,… Can be written as:Can be written as: 1(2), 2(3), 3(4), 4(5),… Or, a n =n(n+1)

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Graphing a Sequence Think of a sequence as ordered pairs for graphing. (n, a n )Think of a sequence as ordered pairs for graphing. (n, a n ) For example: 3,6,9,12,15For example: 3,6,9,12,15 would be the ordered pairs (1,3), (2,6), (3,9), (4,12), (5,15) graphed like points in a scatter plot * Sometimes it helps to find the rule first when you are not given every term in a finite sequence. Term # Actual term

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Series The sum of the terms in a sequence.The sum of the terms in a sequence. Can be finite or infiniteCan be finite or infinite For Example:For Example: Finite Seq.Infinite Seq. 2,4,6,8,102,4,6,8,10,… Finite SeriesInfinite Series 2+4+6+8+102+4+6+8+10+…

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Summation Notation Also called sigma notationAlso called sigma notation (sigma is a Greek letter Σ meaning sum) The series 2+4+6+8+10 can be written as: i is called the index of summation (its just like the n used earlier). Sometimes you will see an n or k here instead of i. The notation is read: the sum from i=1 to 5 of 2i i goes from 1 to 5.

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Summation Notation for an Infinite Series Summation notation for the infinite series:Summation notation for the infinite series: 2+4+6+8+10+… would be written as: Because the series is infinite, you must use i from 1 to infinity () instead of stopping at the 5 th term like before.

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Examples: Write each series in summation notation. a. 4+8+12+…+100 Notice the series can be written as: 4(1)+4(2)+4(3)+…+4(25) Or 4(i) where i goes from 1 to 25. Notice the series can be written as:

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Example: Find the sum of the series. k goes from 5 to 10.k goes from 5 to 10. (5 2 +1)+(6 2 +1)+(7 2 +1)+(8 2 +1)+(9 2 +1)+(10 2 +1)(5 2 +1)+(6 2 +1)+(7 2 +1)+(8 2 +1)+(9 2 +1)+(10 2 +1) = 26+37+50+65+82+101 = 26+37+50+65+82+101 = 361

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Special Formulas (shortcuts!)

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Example: Find the sum. Use the 3 rd shortcut!Use the 3 rd shortcut!

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An Introduction to Sequences & Series

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