# Given the first term and the common difference of an arithmetic sequence how do you find the first five terms and explicit formula: a1 = 39, d=-5?

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Aug 31, 2015

#### Answer:

The first five terms are:

and

#### Explanation:

The first number of the sequence is

and the common difference is

All subsequent terms for the arithmetic sequence can be found by simply adding the common difference to the preceding term.

The explicit formula is