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In an infinite sequence 1, 3, 9, 27, ... each term after the first is three times the previous term. What is the difference between the sum of 13th and 15th terms and the sum of 12th and 14th terms of the sequence?

A. \(10*3^{11}\)
B. \(20*3^{11}\)
C. \(10*3^1\)
D. \(40*3^{11}\)
E. \(20*3^{12}\)

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In an infinite sequence 1, 3, 9, 27, ... each term after the first is three times the previous term. What is the difference between the sum of 13th and 15th terms and the sum of 12th and 14th terms of the sequence?

A. \(10*3^{11}\)
B. \(20*3^{11}\)
C. \(10*3^1\)
D. \(40*3^{11}\)
E. \(20*3^{12}\)


You don't need to know geometric progression formula to solve this question. All you need is to find the pattern:

\(b_1=1=3^0\);

\(b_2=3=3^1\);

\(b_3=9=3^2\);

\(b_4=27=3^3\);

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\(b_n=3^{n-1}\);

\((b_{13}+b_{15})-(b_{12}+b_{14})=3^{12}+3^{14}-3^{11}-3^{13}=3^{11}(3+3^3-1-3^2)=20*3^{11}\)


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What if we were to solve this using geometric progression formula?

I got the answer wrong because I had (r-1) in denominator i.e 3-1=2.

I don't understand where am I going wrong.
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What if we were to solve this using geometric progression formula?

I got the answer wrong because I had (r-1) in denominator i.e 3-1=2.

I don't understand where am I going wrong.


The G.P. formula for nth term is \(ar^{n-1}\) where a is first term, r is common ratio and n is nth term.
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Bunuel wrote:
In an infinite sequence 1, 3, 9, 27, ... each term after the first is three times the previous term. What is the difference between the sum of 13th and 15th terms and the sum of 12th and 14th terms of the sequence?

A. \(10*3^{11}\)
B. \(20*3^{11}\)
C. \(10*3^1\)
D. \(40*3^{11}\)
E. \(20*3^{12}\)


After observation, we can easily write the general formula to denote the nth term here in this sequence as (3)^n-1. Where n is the nth term.

Now 12th, 13th, 14th & 15th term are 3^11, 3^12,3^13 & 3^14 respectively.
Now question asks (3^14+3^12) - (3^13 + 3^11)
=> 3^12 (3^2+1) - 3^11 (3^2+1)
=> 3^12*10 - 3^11*10
=> 3^11*10( 3^1 -1)
=> 3^11*10*2
=> 20*3^11

Hence B is the answer.
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