Like what you saw?
Create FREE Account and:
 Watch all FREE content in 21 subjects(388 videos for 23 hours)
 FREE advice on how to get better grades at school from an expert
 Attend and watch FREE live webinar on useful topics
Arithmetic Sequences  Problem 1
Carl Horowitz
Carl Horowitz
University of Michigan
Runs his own tutoring company
Carl taught upperlevel math in several schools and currently runs his own tutoring company. He bets that no one can beat his love for intensive outdoor activities!
Finding a specific term in an arithmetic sequence so what we have behind me is a sequence we are given the first three terms and what we are trying to do is find the 301st term in the sequence. So we have options you could either write it in all out which I probably wouldn’t recommend because you are going to be writing for quite a while or we could use the general term for a arithmetic sequence, which hopefully you remember is a of n is equal to a1 to first term plus n minus 1 times d.
So we are looking for a301 and that is going to be equal to a1 which is just the first term which is just the first term, to 11, plus n minus 1 n is the term number that we are looking for, so our term number that we are looking for is 301 minus 1 and times d. And d is the difference, the common difference that we get from each term.
Basically what we need to do is figure out what we do to one term to get the next. The relationship between 11 and 7, we subtract 4 from 7 and 3 again subtract 4, so that’s our difference is 4.
We now have a pretty easy expression in order to solve for a 301 is just going to be equal to 11 plus 300 times 4, 11 plus 1200 simplifying this up and we get a301 is equal to 1189 and make sure I remember my negative sign.
So we are given a arithmetic sequence we know this because we are subtracting the exact thing every single time and using our general term for an arithmetic sequence so we are able to plug in what we know in order to find a of that term number.
Please enter your name.
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
Carl Horowitz
B.S. in Mathematics University of Michigan
He knows how to make difficult math concepts easy for everyone to understand. He speaks at a steady pace and his stepbystep explanations are easy to follow.
i love you you are the best, ive spent 3 hours trying to understand probability and this is making sense now finally”
BRIGHTSTORM IS A REVOLUTION !!!”
because of you i ve got a 100/100 in my test thanks”
Get Peer Support on User Forum
Peer helping is a great way to learn. Join your peers to ask & answer questions and share ideas.
Concept (1)
Sample Problems (19)
Need help with a problem?
Watch expert teachers solve similar problems.

Arithmetic Sequences
Problem 1 10,218 viewsGiven 11, 7, 3...
Find a_{301}. 
Arithmetic Sequences
Problem 2 7,764 viewsGiven a_{20} = 101 and a_{21} = 104,
find the general term, a_{n}. 
Arithmetic Sequences
Problem 3 7,093 viewsGiven a_{11} = 52, a_{19} = 92,
find a_{1001} 
Arithmetic Sequences
Problem 4 6,705 viewsFind the number of terms:
7 , 13 , 19 ... 85 3 3 3 3 
Arithmetic Sequences
Problem 5 882 views 
Arithmetic Sequences
Problem 6 988 views 
Arithmetic Sequences
Problem 7 740 views 
Arithmetic Sequences
Problem 8 951 views 
Arithmetic Sequences
Problem 9 588 views 
Arithmetic Sequences
Problem 10 594 views 
Arithmetic Sequences
Problem 11 651 views 
Arithmetic Sequences
Problem 12 592 views 
Arithmetic Sequences
Problem 13 586 views 
Arithmetic Sequences
Problem 14 571 views 
Arithmetic Sequences
Problem 15 580 views 
Arithmetic Sequences
Problem 16 603 views 
Arithmetic Sequences
Problem 17 584 views 
Arithmetic Sequences
Problem 18 579 views 
Arithmetic Sequences
Problem 19 528 views
Comments (0)
Please Sign in or Sign up to add your comment.
·
Delete