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In a geometric sequence, the term an+1 can be smaller than the term an. true or false?

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  1. irkiz
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    true

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  2. irkiz
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    if n is < 1

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  3. iheartfood
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    are u sure?? how did u know so fast?? lol

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  4. irkiz
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    as in |n| < 1

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  5. irkiz
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    so n ranges from 0 to 1

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  6. irkiz
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    oops

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  7. irkiz
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    wait

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  8. iheartfood
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    oh okay

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  9. irkiz
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    if the interval is (-1) that makes it alternating

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  10. irkiz
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    so it will be smaller and bigger alternatingly

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  11. irkiz
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    (-1)^ 2 is positive, (-2) ^ 3 is negative

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  12. iheartfood
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    so this is FALSE?

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  13. irkiz
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    (-2)^2 i mean

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  14. campbell_st
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    if the common ratio r <1 then each term is smaller that the previous

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  15. irkiz
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    there are a few cases yeah. if the sequence convergerges or if the sign alternates

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  16. iheartfood
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    wait so its TRUE then???

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  17. irkiz
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    yup its true

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  18. irkiz
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    i said wait coz my explanation was incomplete

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  19. iheartfood
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    oh okay haha :P thanks!!! so its definitely TRUE right?

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  20. campbell_st
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    if the absolute value of r is less than 1 |r| < 1 the the geometric series will have a limiting sum...

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  21. campbell_st
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    just to clarify things... n is used for the term number... and r is used for the common ratio ( or multiplication constant)... just to avoid confusion.

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  22. iheartfood
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    k thanks for all the help y'all!

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  23. irkiz
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    yeah. \[ar ^{n}\] if |r| < 1 it converges and if r is negative, it alternates

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  24. campbell_st
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    not quite a term in a geometric series is found using \[T_{n} = ar^{n -1}\] n is the term number, T is the Term a is the 1st term and r is the common ratio... please get it right @irkiz

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    k thanks for all the help y'all!

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