What is the eighth term given the sequence: +896, -448, +224,-112,....... ?

1 Answer
Sep 12, 2016

Answer:

the eighth term is #" "-7#

Explanation:

Let any position count be #i#
Let any term be #a_i#

So
#a_1->" first term"#
#a_2->" second term"#
#a_i->" "ith" term"#

Two things I notice:
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#color(blue)("Point 1:")->#Alternates between positive and negative starting at positive.

So this can be achieved by

#a_i->a_1 xx(-1)^2#

#a_i->a_2xx(-1)^3#

#a_i->a_3xx(-1)^4#

#=>a_i->a_ixx(-1)^(i+1)#

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#color(blue)("Point 2:")->#Each term is half the previous

So we have

#(-1)^2xxa_1#
#a_2=(-1)^3xx1/2xxa_1#
#a_3=(-1)^4xx1/2xx1/2xxa_1#

This implies #a_i=(-1)^(i+1)xx(1/2)^(i-1)xxa_1#

Where #a_1=+896#
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#color(blue)(a_i=896(-1)^(i+1)(1/2)^(i-1)#

Thus

#" "color(purple)(bar(ul(|color(white)(2/2)a_8=896(-1)^(8+1)(1/2)^(8-1) = -7color(white)(2/2)|)))#