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Lesson 4-7 Arithmetic Sequences

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**Objectives Recognize arithmetic sequences**

Extend and write formulas for arithmetic sequences

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**Vocabulary Sequence – set of numbers in a specific order**

Terms – numbers in a sequence Arithmetic sequence – a sequence where the difference between terms is constant Common difference – difference between terms of an arithmetic sequence

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Example 1 A. Determine whether –15, –13, –11, –9, ... is arithmetic. Justify your answer. –15 –13 –11 –9 Answer: This is an arithmetic sequence because the difference between terms is constant. B. Determine whether is arithmetic. Justify your answer. Answer: This is not an arithmetic sequence because the difference between terms is not constant.

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Example 2 Find the next three terms of the arithmetic sequence. –8, –11, –14, –17, ... Find the common difference by subtracting successive terms. –3 –3 –3 –8 –11 –14 –17 The common difference is –3. Add –3 to the last term of the sequence to get the next term in the sequence. Continue adding –3 until the next three terms are found. –3 –3 –3 –17 –20 –23 –26 Answer: The next three terms are –20, –23, –26.

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Example 3 Find the 9th term of the arithmetic sequence. 7, 11, 15, 19, ... In this sequence, the first term, a1 , is 7. You want to find the 9th term, Find the common difference. The common difference is 4. Use the formula for the nth term of an arithmetic sequence. Formula for the nth term Simplify. Answer: The 9th term in the sequence is 39.

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Example 4 Consider the arithmetic sequence –8, 1, 10, 19, Write an equation for the nth term of the sequence. In this sequence, the first term, a1, is –8. Find the common difference. – The common difference is 9. Use the formula for the nth term to write an equation. Formula for nth term Distributive Property Simplify. Answer: An equation for the nth term is .

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**Summary & Homework Summary: Homework:**

An arithmetic sequence is a numerical pattern that increases or decreases at a constant rate or value called the common difference To find the next term in an arithmetic sequence, add the common difference to the last term Homework: none

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