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# Liberal Arts Math Question #3

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What is the general-term equation, an, for the arithmetic sequence below, and what is the 23rd term of this sequence?

 n 1 2 3 an 2 -3 -8

A.) an = 3, a23 = -112

B.) an = -7, a23 = 108

C.) an = 5n + 7, a23 = 122

D.) an = 7 - 5n, a23 = -108

Redsox123  May 11, 2017
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What is the general-term equation, an, for the arithmetic sequence below,

and what is the 23rd term of this sequence?
$$\begin{array}{|l|r|r|r|} \hline n & 1 & 2 & 3 \\ \hline a_n & 2 & -3& -8 \\ \hline \end{array}$$

$$\begin{array}{|rcll|} \hline a_n &=& a_1 + (n-1)\cdot d \quad & | \quad a_1 = 1 \\ && \quad & | \quad d = a_2-a_1\\ && \quad & | \quad = -3-2 \\ && \quad & | \quad = -5 \\ a_n &=& 2 + (n-1)(-5) \\ a_n &=& 2 -5n + 5 \\ a_n &=& 7 -5n \\\\ a_{23} &=& 7 - 5\cdot 23 \\ a_{23} &=& -108 \\ \hline \end{array}$$

heureka  May 11, 2017
edited by heureka  May 11, 2017

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