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## Questions and Answers

What is the common ratio for the geometric sequence 5, 15, 45, 135?

How do you determine the nth term of an arithmetic sequence?

What is the 6th term in the Fibonacci sequence?

In a geometric sequence with a common ratio less than zero, what pattern do the terms follow?

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Which of the following sequences is an example of an arithmetic sequence?

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What type of growth characterizes a geometric sequence with a common ratio greater than 1?

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What is the common difference in the arithmetic sequence 12, 17, 22, 27?

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In the Fibonacci sequence, what initial conditions are used?

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## Study Notes

### Generating Patterns in Sequences

#### Geometric Sequences

- Definition: A sequence where each term after the first is found by multiplying the previous term by a fixed, non-zero number called the common ratio (r).
- General Formula: ( a_n = a_1 \cdot r^{(n-1)} )
- ( a_n ): nth term
- ( a_1 ): first term
- ( r ): common ratio
- ( n ): term number

- Example: For the sequence 2, 6, 18, 54, the common ratio ( r = 3 ).
- Characteristics:
- If ( r > 1 ), the sequence increases rapidly.
- If ( 0 < r < 1 ), the sequence decreases.
- If ( r < 0 ), the sequence alternates in sign.

#### Arithmetic Sequences

- Definition: A sequence where the difference between consecutive terms is constant, known as the common difference (d).
- General Formula: ( a_n = a_1 + (n-1) \cdot d )
- ( a_n ): nth term
- ( a_1 ): first term
- ( d ): common difference
- ( n ): term number

- Example: For the sequence 5, 8, 11, 14, the common difference ( d = 3 ).
- Characteristics:
- Linear growth in terms of the number of terms.
- The nth term can be quickly found using the formula.

#### Fibonacci Sequence

- Definition: A sequence where each term is the sum of the two preceding ones, starting from 0 and 1.
- General Formula: ( F_n = F_{n-1} + F_{n-2} )
- Initial conditions: ( F_0 = 0, F_1 = 1 )

- Example: The sequence begins 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13...
- Characteristics:
- Appears in various natural phenomena (e.g., plant growth, animal breeding).
- The ratio of consecutive Fibonacci numbers approaches the golden ratio (approximately 1.618).

### Summary

- Geometric sequences rely on multiplication by a constant ratio.
- Arithmetic sequences are based on adding a constant difference.
- The Fibonacci sequence is defined by the sum of the two preceding terms.

### Geometric Sequences

- A geometric sequence is generated by multiplying each term by a fixed, non-zero common ratio (r) following the first term.
- The general formula is ( a_n = a_1 \cdot r^{(n-1)} ), where:
- ( a_n ) represents the nth term
- ( a_1 ) is the first term
- ( r ) is the common ratio
- ( n ) is the term number

- For example, in the sequence 2, 6, 18, 54, the common ratio ( r = 3 ).
- Characteristics include:
- If ( r > 1 ), the sequence grows rapidly.
- If ( 0 < r < 1 ), the sequence declines.
- If ( r < 0 ), the terms alternate in sign.

### Arithmetic Sequences

- An arithmetic sequence maintains a constant difference, known as the common difference (d), between consecutive terms.
- The general formula is ( a_n = a_1 + (n-1) \cdot d ), where:
- ( a_n ) is the nth term
- ( a_1 ) is the first term
- ( d ) is the common difference
- ( n ) is the term number

- For instance, the sequence 5, 8, 11, 14 has a common difference of ( d = 3 ).
- Key characteristics include:
- Linear growth patterns relating to the number of terms.
- The nth term can be easily calculated using the formula.

### Fibonacci Sequence

- The Fibonacci sequence is structured so that each term is the sum of the two preceding terms, beginning with 0 and 1.
- Its general formula is ( F_n = F_{n-1} + F_{n-2} ) with initial conditions:
- ( F_0 = 0, F_1 = 1 )

- An example of the sequence starts as 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13...
- Notable characteristics include:
- The sequence appears in numerous natural phenomena, such as plant growth patterns and animal reproduction.
- The ratio of consecutive Fibonacci numbers approximates the golden ratio, around 1.618.

### Summary of Key Concepts

- Geometric sequences depend on a constant ratio for their growth.
- Arithmetic sequences involve a constant difference for their progression.
- The Fibonacci sequence is defined by summation of the two previous terms, linking it to various aspects of nature and mathematics.

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Explore the concepts of geometric and arithmetic sequences in this quiz. Understand the definitions, formulas, and characteristics of these sequences. Test your knowledge with examples and see how different ratios and differences affect the sequences.