\(k, a_2, a_3\) and \(k, b_2, b_3\) are both nonconstant geometric sequences with different common ratios. We have \(a_3 -b_3 =3(a_2 -b_2)\) . Find the sum of the common ratios of the two sequences.
We can rewrite these sequences as \(k, ak, a^2k\) and \(k, bk, b^2k\) , since they are geometric sequences.
We now have:
\(a^2k-b^2k = 3(ak-bk)\), which we can factor to become:
We can rewrite:
Dividing by \(k(a-b)\) on both sides, we can get \(a+b=3\)
Since \(a\) is the common ratio of the first sequence, and \(b\) is the common ratio of the second, our answer is simply 3 .