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For every integer k from 1 to 10, inclusive, the kth term of a certain sequence is given by (-1)^(k+1)*(1/2^k). If T is the sum of the first 10 terms in the sequence, then T is

A. greater than 2

B. between 1 and 2

C. between 0.5 and 1

D. between 0.25 and 0.5

E. less than 0.25

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For every integer k from 1 to 10 inclusive the kth term of a certain sequence is given by (-1)^(k+1)*(1/2^k). If T is the sum of the first 10 terms in the sequence then T is
1) greater than 2
2)between 1 & 2
3) between 0.5 and 1
4)between 0.25 and 0.5
5)less than 0.25

Could someone please provide a solution to this problem ?

To get a hang of what the question is asking, put values for k right away. Say, k = 1, k = 2 etc
You get terms such as (1/2) when k = 1, (-1/4) when k = 2 etc

T = 1/2 - 1/4 + 1/8 - 1/16 +.... + 1/512 - 1/1024 (Sum of first 10 terms)

Of course GMAT doesn't expect us to calculate but figure out the answer using some shrewdness.

We have 10 terms. If we couple them up, two terms each, we get 5 groups:
T = (1/2 - 1/4) + (1/8 - 1/16) ...+ (1/512 - 1/1024)

Tell me, can we say that each group is positive? From a larger number, you are subtracting a smaller number in each bracket. e.g. 1/2 is larger than 1/4 so 1/2 - 1/4 = 1/4 i.e. a positive number
1/8 - 1/16 = 1/16, again a positive number.

We will get something similar to this: T = 1/4 + 1/16 +.... (all positives)
Definitely this sum, T, is greater than 1/4 i.e. 0.25

Now, let's group them in another way.

T = 1/2 + (- 1/4 + 1/8) + (- 1/16 + 1/32) ... - 1/1024
You will be able to make 4 groups since you left the first term out. The last term will also be left out.
Each bracket will give you a negative term -1/4 + 1/8 = -1/8 etc
Since the first term is 1/2 i.e. 0.5, we can say that the sum T will be less than 0.5 since all the other terms are negative.

So the sum, T, must be more than 0.25 but less than 0.5

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Get started with Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand for $199 Veritas Prep Reviews Intern Joined: 27 Jul 2010 Posts: 2 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 1 Re: For every integer k from 1 to 10, inclusive, the kth term of a certain [#permalink] ### Show Tags 11 Feb 2012, 18:44 Perfect explanation! Thanks Karishma! Intern Joined: 01 Dec 2010 Posts: 3 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 34 Re: For every integer k from 1 to 10, inclusive, the kth term of a certain [#permalink] ### Show Tags 13 Feb 2012, 07:30 VeritasPrepKarishma wrote: gpkk wrote: For every integer k from 1 to 10 inclusive the kth term of a certain sequence is given by (-1)^(k+1)*(1/2^k). If T is the sum of the first 10 terms in the sequence then T is 1) greater than 2 2)between 1 & 2 3) between 0.5 and 1 4)between 0.25 and 0.5 5)less than 0.25 Could someone please provide a solution to this problem ? To get a hang of what the question is asking, put values for k right away. Say, k = 1, k = 2 etc You get terms such as (1/2) when k = 1, (-1/4) when k = 2 etc T = 1/2 - 1/4 + 1/8 - 1/16 +.... + 1/512 - 1/1024 (Sum of first 10 terms) Of course GMAT doesn't expect us to calculate but figure out the answer using some shrewdness. We have 10 terms. If we couple them up, two terms each, we get 5 groups: T = (1/2 - 1/4) + (1/8 - 1/16) ...+ (1/512 - 1/1024) Tell me, can we say that each group is positive? From a larger number, you are subtracting a smaller number in each bracket. e.g. 1/2 is larger than 1/4 so 1/2 - 1/4 = 1/4 i.e. a positive number 1/8 - 1/16 = 1/16, again a positive number. We will get something similar to this: T = 1/4 + 1/16 +.... (all positives) Definitely this sum, T, is greater than 1/4 i.e. 0.25 Now, let's group them in another way. T = 1/2 + (- 1/4 + 1/8) + (- 1/16 + 1/32) ... - 1/1024 You will be able to make 4 groups since you left the first term out. The last term will also be left out. Each bracket will give you a negative term -1/4 + 1/8 = -1/8 etc Since the first term is 1/2 i.e. 0.5, we can say that the sum T will be less than 0.5 since all the other terms are negative. So the sum, T, must be more than 0.25 but less than 0.5 Answer (D) VP Status: Been a long time guys... Joined: 03 Feb 2011 Posts: 1381 Location: United States (NY) Concentration: Finance, Marketing GPA: 3.75 Followers: 178 Kudos [?]: 1466 [19] , given: 62 Re: For every integer k from 1 to 10, inclusive, the kth term of a certain [#permalink] ### Show Tags 15 Jan 2013, 07:16 19 This post received KUDOS 3 This post was BOOKMARKED an alternative: The series can be written as $$1/2 - 1/4 + 1/8 - 1/16.............1/1024$$ Since the terms beyond $$1/16$$ are too small, so I am not considering those terms. Now on adding $$1/2 - 1/4 +1/8 - 1/16$$, we get $$5/16$$ which is slightly more than $$4/16$$. Hence its value would be around $$0.3$$. The answer choice which includes this number is D. _________________ Intern Joined: 21 Dec 2011 Posts: 14 Schools: Tepper '17 (S) Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 13 [7] , given: 7 Re: For every integer k from 1 to 10, inclusive, the kth term of a certain [#permalink] ### Show Tags 24 Feb 2014, 18:23 7 This post received KUDOS I did it the following way. K=(1/2)-(1/4)+(1/8)-(1/16)+..... ----- 1 Multiply K by 2 2K=1-(1/2)+(1/4)-.....-(1/512) ------- 2 Adding 1 and 2 3K = 1 -(1/1024) K= (1/3) -{1/(3*1024)} Now 1/(3*1024) will be very small So K= 1/3 = .3333 Ans Option D Manager Joined: 28 Dec 2013 Posts: 80 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 3 Re: For every integer k from 1 to 10, inclusive, the kth term of a certain [#permalink] ### Show Tags 30 Jun 2014, 19:37 Marcab wrote: an alternative: The series can be written as $$1/2 - 1/4 + 1/8 - 1/16.............1/1024$$ Since the terms beyond $$1/16$$ are too small, so I am not considering those terms. Now on adding $$1/2 - 1/4 +1/8 - 1/16$$, we get $$5/16$$ which is slightly more than $$4/16$$. Hence its value would be around $$0.3$$. The answer choice which includes this number is D. QUESTION : WHERE IS 1/1024 coming from? Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor Joined: 16 Oct 2010 Posts: 7377 Location: Pune, India Followers: 2288 Kudos [?]: 15134 [0], given: 224 Re: For every integer k from 1 to 10, inclusive, the kth term of a certain [#permalink] ### Show Tags 30 Jun 2014, 19:47 Expert's post 1 This post was BOOKMARKED sagnik242 wrote: Marcab wrote: an alternative: The series can be written as $$1/2 - 1/4 + 1/8 - 1/16.............1/1024$$ Since the terms beyond $$1/16$$ are too small, so I am not considering those terms. Now on adding $$1/2 - 1/4 +1/8 - 1/16$$, we get $$5/16$$ which is slightly more than $$4/16$$. Hence its value would be around `$$0.3$$. The answer choice which includes this number is D. QUESTION : WHERE IS 1/1024 coming from? When you put k = 10 (to get the last term) in the given expression $$(-1)^{k+1}*(1/2^k)$$, you get -1/1024 _________________ Karishma Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor My Blog Get started with Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand for$199

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This is GP.

The terms will be 1/2-1/4+1/8-....

Common ratio is (-1/4)/(1/2) = -1/2

So the sum of terms = 1/2 [1- (-1/2)^10]/(1-(-1/2)) = 1/2 *[1-1/1024]/3/2 = 1023/(1024*3) close to 1/3 so Option D
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Can we some how solve this question using sum of a series formula- S = (n/2) × (2a + (n-1)d)??
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Can we some how solve this question using sum of a series formula- S = (n/2) × (2a + (n-1)d)??

The formula you are talking about is used for sum of terms of an Arithmetic Progression only.

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For every integer k from 1 to 10, inclusive, the kth term of a certain sequence is given by (-1)^(k+1)*(1/2^k). If T is the sum of the first 10 terms in the sequence, then T is

A. greater than 2

B. between 1 and 2

C. between 0.5 and 1

D. between 0.25 and 0.5

E. less than 0.25

OPEN DISCUSSION OF THIS QUESTION IS HERE: for-every-integer-k-from-1-to-10-inclusive-the-kth-term-of-88874.html
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