How do you find the first 3 terms of the geometric sequence with a5 = -192 a9 = 1,536?

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Aug 4, 2016

Answer:

It seems there is a problem with this question. SHould it not be the 8th term which is 1536?

Explanation:

Divide the two terms - their general form and their values:

#a_9/a_5 = (ar^8)/(ar^4) = 1536/-192#

#(cancelar^8)/(cancelar^4) = 1536/-192#

#r^4 = -8 = (-2^3)#

#r = (-2)^(3/4)" sub r to find a"#

#a_5 = ar^4 = -192#

#a((-2)^(3/4))^4 = -192#

#a(-2)^3 = -192#

#a = -192/-8 = 24#

Now we have #a and r#