Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

It appears that you are browsing the GMAT Club forum unregistered!

Signing up is free, quick, and confidential.
Join other 500,000 members and get the full benefits of GMAT Club

Registration gives you:

Tests

Take 11 tests and quizzes from GMAT Club and leading GMAT prep companies such as Manhattan GMAT,
Knewton, and others. All are free for GMAT Club members.

Applicant Stats

View detailed applicant stats such as GPA, GMAT score, work experience, location, application
status, and more

Books/Downloads

Download thousands of study notes,
question collections, GMAT Club’s
Grammar and Math books.
All are free!

Thank you for using the timer!
We noticed you are actually not timing your practice. Click the START button first next time you use the timer.
There are many benefits to timing your practice, including:

A certain computer program generates a sequence of numbers [#permalink]

Show Tags

13 Sep 2008, 07:56

4

This post was BOOKMARKED

00:00

A

B

C

D

E

Difficulty:

15% (low)

Question Stats:

81% (02:02) correct
19% (01:53) wrong based on 236 sessions

HideShow timer Statistics

A certain computer program generates a sequence of numbers a1, a2, … , an such that a1 = a2 = 1 and ak = ak-1 + 2ak-2 for all integers k such that 3 ≤ k ≤ n. If n > 6, then a7 = ?

A certain computer program generates a sequence of numbers a1, a2, … , an such that a1 = a2 = 1 and ak = ak-1 + 2ak-2 for all integers k such that 3 ≤ k ≤ n. If n > 6, then a7 = ?

A certain computer program generates a sequence of numbers a1, a2, … , an such that a1 = a2 = 1 and ak = ak-1 + 2ak-2 for all integers k such that 3 ≤ k ≤ n. If n > 6, then a7 = ?

A certain computer program generates a sequence of numbers a1, a2, … , an such that a1 = a2 = 1 and ak = ak-1 + 2ak-2 for all integers k such that 3 ≤ k ≤ n. If n > 6, then a7 = ?

A certain computer program generates a sequence of numbers a1, a2, … , an such that a1 = a2 = 1 and ak = ak-1 + 2ak-2 for all integers k such that 3 ≤ k ≤ n. If n > 6, then a7 = ?

A. 32 B. 43 C. 64 D. 100 E. 128

Solving as mentioend earlier always helps but here's another approach for this particular problem a1 and a2 are odd and a3 would be odd and all the numbers in the sequence are odd as they are of the format odd number + 2 * odd number. a7 is odd and only B has an odd number

even though this is good observation. this approach wont work if there are more than 1 odd number in the answer choices.

chix475ntu wrote:

Nihit wrote:

A certain computer program generates a sequence of numbers a1, a2, … , an such that a1 = a2 = 1 and ak = ak-1 + 2ak-2 for all integers k such that 3 ≤ k ≤ n. If n > 6, then a7 = ?

A. 32 B. 43 C. 64 D. 100 E. 128

Solving as mentioend earlier always helps but here's another approach for this particular problem a1 and a2 are odd and a3 would be odd and all the numbers in the sequence are odd as they are of the format odd number + 2 * odd number. a7 is odd and only B has an odd number

A certain computer program generates a sequence of numbers a1, a2, … , an such that a1 = a2 = 1 and ak = ak-1 + 2ak-2 for all integers k such that 3 ≤ k ≤ n. If n > 6, then a7 = ?

A certain computer program generates a sequence of numbers a1, a2, … , an such that a1 = a2 = 1 and ak = ak-1 + 2ak-2 for all integers k such that 3 ≤ k ≤ n. If n > 6, then a7 = ?

Why do they give you this stuff? '3 ≤ k ≤ n. If n > 6'?

Thanks Cheers J

Because the relation they gave you \(a_k = a_{k-1} + 2a_{k-2}\) holds only from the third term onwards till the last term \(a_n\). That is, k should be 3 or more and will take the last value of n. This relation doesn't hold for the first and second terms and holds for all the rest of the terms. That is what this 'stuff' specifies.

If n > 6 tells you that the sequence has more than 6 terms i.e. at least 7 terms.
_________________

Re: A certain computer program generates a sequence of numbers [#permalink]

Show Tags

11 Mar 2015, 08:13

Nihit wrote:

A certain computer program generates a sequence of numbers a1, a2, … , an such that a1 = a2 = 1 and ak = ak-1 + 2ak-2 for all integers k such that 3 ≤ k ≤ n. If n > 6, then a7 = ?

A. 32 B. 43 C. 64 D. 100 E. 128

Hi,

It will help if (k-1) and (k-2) are written as subscript. Initially, I understood it to be (ak-1+2ak-2) which, without sub-scripting equals ak + 2ak - 3.

Re: A certain computer program generates a sequence of numbers [#permalink]

Show Tags

06 Oct 2017, 21:25

Hello from the GMAT Club BumpBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
_________________