How do you write a rule for the nth term of the geometric term given the two terms #a_2=2, a_6=512#?

1 Answer
Feb 3, 2018

Answer:

#a_n = a * r^(n-1) = (1/2) * 4^(n-1)#

Explanation:

Let a be the first term and r the common ration.

First term #a_1 = a = a r^0#

#a_2 = a * r = a r^(2-1) = 2#

#a_6 = a * r*r*r*r*r = ar^5 = a r^(6-1) = 512#

#a_6 / a_2 = (a r^5) / (a r) = r^4 = 512 / 2= 256#

#r = root4(256) =root4 (4^4) = (4^4)^(1/4) = 4#

#a_2 = a r = a * 4 = 2#

#a = 1/2#

Hence the #n^(th)# term of the geometric sequence is

#a_n = a * r^(n-1) = (1/2) * 4^(n-1)#