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Re: In the infinite sequence A, An = X^(n-1) + X^n + X^(n+1) + X [#permalink]

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Re: In the infinite sequence A, An = X^(n-1) + X^n + X^(n+1) + X [#permalink]

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19 Sep 2013, 21:48

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mfabros wrote:

Could someone please explain to me how that's an infinite sequence? That's what really threw me off.

The information that it is an infinite sequence doesn't have much to do with the question. You are given this only to tell you that n can take any positive integer value.

An = X^(n-1) + X^n + X^(n+1) + X^(n+2) + X^(n+3) tells you that the nth term is given by plugging in the value of n in this expression. A is not a sequence of 2 or 4 terms but infinite so n can take any value. We found out that the required relation holds when n is 7. We could have just as well got n = 10298 and that would have been fine too since A has infinite terms so any value for n is alright. _________________

Re: In the infinite sequence A, An = X^(n-1) + X^n + X^(n+1) + X [#permalink]

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05 Jun 2016, 19:34

A different approach...

The maximum power of "x" in the denominator is 5 because "x" appears 5 times. For the ratio to be x^5, the numerator should have x^10. The highest power of "x" in the numerator is 10; so by comparison, n+3=10 => n = 7.

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