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In the sequence of positive numbers x1, x2, x3, ..., what is the value

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In the sequence of positive numbers \(x_1\), \(x_2\), \(x_3\), ..., what is the value of \(x_1\)?


(1) \(x_i=\frac{x_{(i-1)}}{2}\) for all integers \(i>1\).

(2) \(x_5=\frac{x_4}{x_4+1}\)


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This question appeared in Official Free Test #2 (my attempt 2) and This is not how statement 1 was formatted. \(x_i=\frac{x_{(i-1)}}{2}\) for all integers \(i>1\).

Please find attached image. I treated Statement 1 as xi-1 and marked the answer as E.

Is it just me or it is actually confusing in the official test?

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testprep2010 wrote:
In the sequence of positive numbers \(x_1\), \(x_2\), \(x_3\), ..., what is the value of \(x_1\)?


(1) \(x_i=\frac{x_{(i-1)}}{2}\) for all integers \(i>1\).

(2) \(x_5=\frac{x_4}{x_4+1}\)


Well,
This question appeared in Official Free Test #2 (my attempt 2) and This is not how statement 1 was formatted. \(x_i=\frac{x_{(i-1)}}{2}\) for all integers \(i>1\).

Please find attached image. I treated Statement 1 as xi-1 and marked the answer as E.

Is it just me or it is actually confusing in the official test?

bb Bunuel chetan2u


Hi

You are likely to find it in the same way
But you should look at the size of font of numbers. When it is i-1 and x_4+1, the size of 1 differs. It is bigger when it is a separate term.
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You are likely to find it in the same way
But you should look at the size of font of numbers. When it is i-1 and x_4+1, the size of 1 differs. It is bigger when it is a separate term.


Sure. Thank you!
I will be careful from next time and make sure I think twice before solving.
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Hi Bunuel

Could i assume per S2

\(X_3\) = \(\frac{X_3}{X_3+1}\) as well ?

Per S2 -- \(X_4\) = \(\frac{X_4}{X_4+1}\)

So, I thought this trend could be applied to others as well. I.e.

\(X_3\) = \(\frac{X_2}{X_2+1}\)

\(X_2\) = \(\frac{X_1}{X_1+1}\)

or does this apply to \(X_4\) only ?
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jabhatta@umail.iu.edu wrote:
Hi Bunuel

Could i assume per S2

\(X_3\) = \(\frac{X_3}{X_3+1}\) as well ?

Per S2 -- \(X_4\) = \(\frac{X_4}{X_4+1}\)

So, I thought this trend could be applied to others as well. I.e.

\(X_3\) = \(\frac{X_2}{X_2+1}\)

\(X_2\) = \(\frac{X_1}{X_1+1}\)

or does this apply to \(X_4\) only ?


No, you cannot assume that. The second statement does not give you a formula for nth term of the sequence (while the first statement does).
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