# Anyone wanna help me with some maths homework? Please?

Hey UG, could anyone tell me how to figure out the expression for the nth term in the sequence -9,-18,-27,-36? I've tried google searching how to figure it out but nothing really helped.
-9n
Divide it all by zero
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Hey UG, could anyone tell me how to figure out the expression for the nth term in the sequence -9,-18,-27,-36? I've tried google searching how to figure it out but nothing really helped.

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-9n

Correct. You should be looking for the 'common difference' between terms, as it will help you identify a pattern.

Here, the 1st term -9 and second term -18, identify a -9n rule, because of the difference. You should usually find the common difference, as it will help you figure out basic progressions well.

2,5,8,11. Common difference is 3. So I suggest the rule is 3n. That would give me 3, 6, 9, 12. So not quite there -> So I take one off, to make the rule for an nth term; 3n-1. This gives me 2,5,8,11. I've got it.

If you don't see where I'm coming from, read up on some maths sites - progressions are pretty easy marks in exams, even up to A-Level.
-81?
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Correct. You should be looking for the 'common difference' between terms, as it will help you identify a pattern.

Here, the 1st term -9 and second term -18, identify a -9n rule, because of the difference. You should usually find the common difference, as it will help you figure out basic progressions well.

2,5,8,11. Common difference is 3. So I suggest the rule is 3n. That would give me 3, 6, 9, 12. So not quite there -> So I take one off, to make the rule for an nth term; 3n-1. This gives me 2,5,8,11. I've got it.

If you don't see where I'm coming from, read up on some maths sites - progressions are pretty easy marks in exams, even up to A-Level.

Thanks for clearing that up for me
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For an Arithmetic Sequence, the formula for the nth term is;

a + (n-1)d
Where a is the first term, n is n and d is the common difference.
Decide your values. a is going to be -9 and d will be -9 also.

So term number n is;

-9 + (n-1)-9

-9 -9n +9

Nines go so you get -9n, and it works. If you put in term 2 you get -18 which is the answer. So the 51st term would be -9 times 51 which is 459
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that answer (-81) is actually pretty funny on a few levels
and if the teacher says its a lie say "I can show its **** if you want me to"
Arithmetic and geometric progressions are the only fun thing in A levels maths.
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and if the teacher says its a lie say "I can show its **** if you want me to"

Lol I cant. We have this assessment thingy over the internet that we have to do..
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Arithmetic and geometric progressions are the only fun thing in A levels maths.

Boo. Trig is the best.
How can anyone say no to a^2 = b^2 + c^2 - 2bc cosA

And are you looking forward to the exam on Thursday morning?
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Wait till you get onto Core 3 and 4, now that's trig

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Arithmetic and geometric progressions are the only fun thing in A levels maths.

this isn't A level progression though, this is more KS3 or GCSE

re-read the question, what I said was bollocks
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Divide it all by zero

i don't know why, but i thought that was really funny .
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Boo. Trig is the best.
How can anyone say no to a^2 = b^2 + c^2 - 2bc cosA

And are you looking forward to the exam on Thursday morning?

S1?
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Wait till you get onto Core 3 and 4, now that's trig

this isn't A level progression though, this is more KS3 or GCSE

and surely its n-9 not -9n

because if it were -9n then the first term -9 would lead to the second term being 81

Are you thinking of geometric progressions?

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S1?

C2. Maybe you're on a different exam board to me lol
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I read it as "if n is the current term of the sequence, what is the next term"

I hate making stupid mistakes
Probably. I have C1 and C2 in early June.
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Probably. I have C1 and C2 in early June.

Lucky you. I've got C2 on Thursday and C4 next Wednesday.
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I have C4 next wednesday

*hi-5*

C3 I think is three weeks today, and S2 (I hate stats) a month away
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I have C4 next wednesday

*hi-5*

C3 I think is three weeks today, and S2 (I hate stats) a month away

High Five

C3 is then as well, luckily for me on my second stab at it I scraped a B.
And how can you hate S2????? It's my favourite section of A level maths so far. Chi squared tests, Spearman Rank. Ah, those were the days.
Although all that Normal/Binomial/Poisson crap really gets on my tits.

Don't forget, e^-lamda x Lamda^r over r!
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hmm A levels...

Introductory Linear Algebra
Introductory Real Analysis
Newtonian Dynamics
Probability

fun exams times at university for me.
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High Five

C3 is then as well, luckily for me on my second stab at it I scraped a B.
And how can you hate S2????? It's my favourite section of A level maths so far. Chi squared tests, Spearman Rank. Ah, those were the days.
Although all that Normal/Binomial/Poisson crap really gets on my tits.

Don't forget, e^-lamda x Lamda^r over r!

I'm just no fan of stats, its not hard per sé but I just find it dull.

I'll need to start revising seeing as I've had no stats teacher since december, yay for doing most of my maths course at home.
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