







Arithmetic progressions 
20060131 

From A student: 1)the sum to n terms of a particular series is given by S_{n}=17n3n^{2}
a)find an expression for the n term of the series
b)show that the series is an arithmetic progression
2)a particular arithmetic progression has a positive common difference and is such that for any three adjacent terms ,three times the sum of their squares exceeds the square of their sum is 375.Find the common difference
Answered by Penny Nom. 





Geometric sequences 
20040203 

From Alan: hello, I am a junior in precalculus. we started working on geometric sequences today, it makes perfect sense on how it works. but why is it called that? if you could send me an answer to why geometric sequences have that name, I would be much appreciative. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Arithmetic progressions 
20020424 

From David: I have been searching everywhere for the formula to mathamatical progression. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Arithmetic sequences 
20010910 

From Rachel: I can't seem to figure out a problem that deals with arithmetic sequencing. This is the question: The 5th term in an arithmetic sequence is 1/2, and the 20th term is 7/8. Find the first three terms of the sequence. I attempted this problem with the formula: An = a + (n1)d (where the n represents the nth term, a is the first term, and d represents the common difference) I keep getting 9.5 for the first number, and then 3/120 as the common difference between the numbers. But as I have figured it, the sequence is getting greater and greater, and my data does not go with the terms given. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Geometric and arithmetic sequences 
20010126 

From Garry: what are the equations for geometric and arithmetic sequences? also, what are the equations for finding the sums of those series? Answered by Leeanne Boehm and Penny Nom. 





Arithmetic Progressions 
19981112 

From Gerry Boser: It has been years since I was in school and I can't remember if there is a formula for the following problem: If you deposit $1.00 on the first day of the month, $2.00 on the second day, $3.00 on the third day . . $31.00 on the last day of the month, how much do you have in the bank? Now will this formula also work if it was, $0.25 (then day two you would deposit 2x $0.25 or $0.50, day three you would deposit 3x $0.25, $0.75. . . ). Will it work with any denomination?? Thank you for your time. I promise I'll write this one down for future reference. . . Answered by Penny Nom. 





Dividing a Class 
19981001 

From Tom Barker: My eighth grade niece called with the following homework problem: A teacher wanted to divide her class into equally numbered groups. She tried to divide the class into groups of two, but was one student short. She tried to divide the class into groups of five, but was one student short. She tried to divide the class into groups of seven and was successful. What is the least number of students that were in her class? I know the answer is 49, but don't know how to prove it. I must be getting old if I can't solve eighth grade math problems. Your assistance would be appreciated. Answered by Penny Nom. 

