







An infinite geometric series 
20131224 

From Muhammad: The sum of an infinite geometric series is 15 and the sum of their squares is 45. Find the series Answered by Penny Nom. 





A tree growth modelled by a geometric series 
20120208 

From Steph: Hi I am really struggling with this question please help !!!!
a pohutukawa tree is 86 centimetres when it is planted. in the first year after it is planted , the tree grows 42 centimetres in height.Each year the tree grows in height by 95% of the growth of the previous year.
assume that the growth in height of the pohutukawa tree can be modelled by a geometric sequence.
A)find the height of the tree 5 years after it is planted and figure out the maximum height the pohutukawa tree is expected to reach in centimetres Answered by Penny Nom. 





1 + 3 + 3^2 ...+3^(n1) = 3^n  1/2 
20120127 

From Vicki: I am trying to find out how to do show how this proof was worked.
Here is the end result 1 + 3 + 3^2 ...+3^(n1) = 3^n  1/2
This equation was used to find the number of white triangles in the Sierpinski Triangle Answered by Walter Whiteley. 





An imaginary infinite geometric tree 
20110218 

From Elise: An imaginary infinite geometric tree grows 1m the first day.
2nd day 2 branches and right angles to each other and each 0.5 m long.
3rd day two new branches at ends of each of previous days' 2 branches, again at right angles, and only .25m long each.
And so on, infinitely.
Q: Use relationships of rightangled triangles and high school level knowledge of geometric series to show
the tree height is limited to (4 + sqrt2)/3 m and width to (2(sqrt2 + 1))/3 m. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





A geometric progression 
20100430 

From Kalyani: sum of infinite geometric progression is 9 and common ratio is 1/10
then sum up to 8 terms is? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





An infinite geometric series 
20090518 

From terri: find the sum of the infinite geometric series
14 7 +7/2 7/4 +.....
A. 7007/13 B. 2002 C. 28/3 D.5005/7 Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Demographics 
20080725 

From shahrukh: Each year for 10 years ,the population of a city increased by 5% of its value in the previous year.
If the initial population was 200 000 ,what was the population after 10 years ?? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A sequence of circles 
20070611 

From Ann: Please help with solving the following problem!!!
A circle is inscribed in an equilateral triangle with a side of length 2.
Three circles are drawn externally tangent to this circle and internally
tangent to 2 sides of the triangle. 3 more circles are drawn externally
tantgent to these circles and internally tangent to 2 sides of the triangle. if
this process continued forever, what would be the sum of the areas of all the
circle? the answer 1 parent came up with was Pie over 2, but we don't
know how he did it. Can you please show the work or explain the answer to
this problem?
Thank you
Ann
p s my daughter is in 9th grade math. Answered by Steve La Rocque, Chris Fisher and Penny Nom. 





A geometric series 
20070403 

From jessica: If a geometric series includes 5418+62 as its fifteenth through eighteenth terms, find the sum of the second through the fifth term, inclusive. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





A geometric sequence 
20040413 

From Michael: In a geometric series, the sum of the 2nd and 3rd terms is 60, and the sum of the 3rd and 4th terms is 240. Find the sum of the first 7 terms. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A worm crawling home 
20040218 

From Cindy: A worm is crawling to his home which is one meter away. The longer he crawls the weaker he gets and the less he can crawl the next day. If he crawls within 1/3000 of a meter of his home, he will find food. He must eat within twelve days. The first day he crawls 1/2 meter. The second day he crawls 1/4 meter. The third day he crawls 1/8 of meter. This pattern continues for twelve days. Make a Chart that shows the distance he has covered at the end of each day and the total he has covered at the end of each day. Does he make it to the Food in time? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A bouncing ball 
20021214 

From Eman:
Q : When a childís ball is dropped from a height h metres on to a hard, flat floor, it rebounds to a height of 3/5h metres. The ball is dropped initially from a height of 1.2m.  Find the maximum height to which the ball rises after two bounces.
 Find the total distance that the ball has traveled when it hits the floor for the tenth time.
 Assuming that the ball continues to bounce in the same way indefinitely, find the total distance that the ball travels.
Answered by Penny Nom. 





My salary is doubled everyday for 30 days 
20020117 

From Kanishk: I recieve 1 penny the 1st day, 2 pennies the 2nd day, and my salary is doubled everyday for 30 days. How much money will I have by the end of the 30 day time period? (Is there a way of solving this problem without a chart?) Answered by Penny Nom. 





A geometric series 
20011024 

From Tashalee: The sum of the first 3 terms of a geometric series is 13. The sum of their reciprocal is 13/9. how do you find the first three terms? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Comparing an integral and a sum 
20001121 

From Douglas Norberg: A fellow teacher asked me about a problem she wanted to give to her students. It involved whether to take a million dollars or a penny doubled a number of times. I was able to determine the number must have been .01 * 2^{30} which is about $10 million and a lot more than $1 million. To check that I was right I used a spreadsheet and did a Riemann sum. When I finished I reasoned that I had done the task in several steps and I could have done it in 1 step. Thus I integrated .01 * 2^{x} from 0 through 30 but the number I got was $15,490,820.0324. Why the difference? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Infinite Geometric Series 
20001110 

From Sam Carter: I ran into a problem when studying how to find the sum of an infinite geometric series. My math book attempts to explain the concept by giving formulas involving sigma and r, but it does not really explain how to go about finding the sum of an infinite geometric series. If you could either help me with this or point me in the direction of an informative website that could help me, I'd appreciate it. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Geometric sequences 
20000411 

From Jodie: I am in a grade ten principles class and was taught how to do geometric sequences and series but no one in my class understood what we were taught. Our teacher is one of few to use the new curriculum which used to be the grade twelve curriculum. Could you please explain to me how to do geometric sequences and how to find the different terms and sums. Thank you very much! Answered by Harley Weston. 





Sequences and series 
19980527 

From Michael Le Francois: The sum of the first ten terms of an arithmetic series is 100 and the first term is 1. Find the 10th term. The common ratio in a certain geometric sequence is r=0.2 and the sum of the first four terms is 1248 find the first term. Answered by Penny Nom. 

