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# 4-6 Arithmetic Sequences

Warm Up
Evaluate.
1. 5 + (–7) –2 2.

## 3. 5.3 + 0.8 6.1 4. 6(4 – 1) 18

5. –3(2 – 5) 9 6. 11

## 7. where h = –2 8. n – 2.8 where n = 5.1

2.3
9. 6(x – 1) where x = 5 24

## 10. 10 + (5 – 1)s where s = –4 –6

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Objectives
Recognize and extend an arithmetic sequence.
Find a given term of an arithmetic sequence.

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VOCABULARY
•Sequence: A list of numbers that often
forms a pattern
•Term: Each number in a sequence
•Arithmetic sequence: A sequence in
which the terms differ by the same nonzero
number d.
•Common difference: The same non zero
number in which an arithmetic sequence
differs
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TERM NUMBERS

ARITHMETIC
Time (s) (s)
Time 1 2 3 4 5 SEQUENCE
Distance
Distance(mi)
(mi) 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0

## +0.2 +0.2 +0.2 +0.2 TERM

SEQUENCE COMMON
The list of numbers can
DIFFERENCE
be form a pattern

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Example:
•Identifying Arithmetic Sequences

## 9, 13, 17, 21,… The common difference is 4

 YES, ARITHMETIC SEQUENCE
+4 +4 +4

## 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, 33,…

+4 +4 +4

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The three dots at the end of a sequence
are called an ellipsis. They mean that
the sequence continues and can read as
“and so on.”

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Example: Identifying Arithmetic Sequences

## 10, 8, 5, 1,… The difference between successive

terms is not the same.  NO
–2 –3 –4

## You add to each term to find the

next term. The common difference is

 YES
–4, –2, 1, 5,… The difference between successive
+2 +3 +4 terms is not the same.  NO

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1 2 3 4 … n Position = n

3 5 7 9 … Term = a

a1 a2 a3 a4 an

## The common difference (d) is 2.

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Example:
•Finding the nth Term of an Arithmetic Sequence

## 1, 5, 9, 13, 17,… The common difference (d) is 4.

+4 +4 +4

an = 4n+ 1
•Write a rule to find the 16th term.  n =16

an = 4n + 1
 a16 = 4(16) + 1 = 65
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Example:
•Finding the nth Term of an Arithmetic Sequence

## 17,11, 5, –1, –7, …The common difference (d) is -6.

–6 –6 –6

an = –6n + 17
•Write a rule to find the 60th term.  n =60

an = –6n + 17
 a16 = –6(60) + 17 = –343
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Example:
•Finding the nth Term of an Arithmetic Sequence

## a1 = 2, d = 4 d = 4  the common difference is

4

–2 , 2, 6, 10, 14 … an = 4n – 2
+4 +4 +4

## •Find the 34th term. a34 = 4(34) – 2

= 134
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•Finding the nth Term of an Arithmetic Sequence
•Find the indicated term of each arithmetic sequence.

## 1. 5, 6.5, 8, 9.5,… & 14th term

2. –4, –7, –10, –13, … & 23rd term
3. 2, 7, 12, 17, … & 40th term
4. a1 = –12, d = 2 & 7th term
5. Zelle has knitted 61 rows of a scarf. Each day she
adds 17 more rows. How many rows total has Zelle
knitted 16 days later?

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