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I found it quite interesting and they said this is one of [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2006, 01:07
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Sequence S consists of 24 non-zero intergers. From the third one, every term of S is the product of the previous 2 terms. How many terms in S are negative?
(1) The third term in S is Positive
(2) The fourth term in S is negative
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2006, 03:31
B it is.
(1) The third term in S is Positive
it gives two possible sequesnces: -
(+ve, +ve ,+ve .............+ve) or (-ve, -ve, +ve, -ve, -ve, +ve........)
so we can't count the number of -ve integers.

(2) The fourth term in S is negative
It gives the following sequences: -
(-ve, +ve, -ve, -ve, +ve, -ve, -ve, +ve, -ve, ......so on)
or
(-ve, -ve, +ve, -ve, -ve, +ve, -ve, -ve, +ve, ......so on)

If you see, in both the above series a pattern is repeated after 3 numbers, i.e. 2 negative and 1 positive numbers. So there are 16 -ve numbers in the series.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2006, 04:06
Can someone pls explain how they got B? I did not get the explanations above.

Here is the approach I took:

let the seq be:

n1, n2, n3, n4, n5......

n3 = n1*n2
n4= n1*n2*n2

From St. 2

The fourth term is -ve,

Which means n1 is -ve and n2^2 is +ve. However we still do not know what sign n2 is.

If you take both statements together it works.

Am I missing something here?
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2006, 04:15
Quote:
n4= n1*n2*n2


It says every term is the product of previous two terms

so, n4 = n3 * n2, n5 = n4 * n3 and so on.
Now, Please read the above explanation and let me know.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2006, 04:34
mendiratta_1812 wrote:
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n4= n1*n2*n2


It says every term is the product of previous two terms

so, n4 = n3 * n2, n5 = n4 * n3 and so on.
Now, Please read the above explanation and let me know.


I am so sorry unfortunately I still don't get it. With my test 2 weeks away this is not good.

I agree n4 = n3*n2
but n3 = n1*n2
so n4 = n1*n2*n2---n2*n2 will be +ve

I guess what I don't get is how do we ascertain whether n2 is +ve or -ve?
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With A:

sequence can be {-,-,+,-...} or {+,+,+,...}

With B:

sequence can be {-,+,-,-,+,-,-,+,...} or {-,-,+,-,-,+...}
from here, we can calculate # of -ves

Hence B
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agree with B

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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2006, 02:57
But what about the first term, can it be determined if it is + or -. The stem says that each term after the third is the product
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2006, 19:19
"(2) The fourth term in S is negative
It gives the following sequences: -
(-ve, +ve, -ve, -ve, +ve, -ve, -ve, +ve, -ve, ......so on)
or
(-ve, -ve, +ve, -ve, -ve, +ve, -ve, -ve, +ve, ......so on) "
:-D I think this is an excellent answer. Because of the repetition of every 3 terms with 2negative and 1 positive so we can get the answer from (2). And the OA is obviously B.
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