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If the sequence x1, x2, x3, …, xn, … is such that x1 = 3 and xn+1 = 2xn – 1 for n ≥ 1, then x20 – x19 =
A. 2^19
B. 2^20
C. 2^21
D. 2^20 - 1
E. 2^21 - 1

Note: xn is the nth term, 2xn is 2*nth term. I dont know how to write this notation here.

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24 Mar 2009, 05:27
Economist wrote:
If the sequence x1, x2, x3, …, xn, … is such that x1 = 3 and xn+1 = 2xn – 1 for n ≥ 1, then x20 – x19 =

A. 2^19
B. 2^20
C. 2^21
D. 2^20 - 1
E. 2^21 - 1

Note: xn is the nth term, 2xn is 2*nth term. I dont know how to write this notation here.

x1 = 3
x(n+1) = 2x(n) - 1
x(2) = 2x(1) - 1 = 2x3 - 1 = 2^2 + 1
x(3) = 2x(2) - 1 = 2x5 - 1 = 2^3 + 1
x(4) = 2x(3) - 1 = 2x9 - 1 = 2^4 + 1
x(5) = 2x(4) - 1 = 2x17 - 1 = 2^5 +1

x(19) = 2^19 +1
x(20) = 2^20 +1

x20 – x19 = (2^20 +1) - (2^19 +1) = 2^20 +1 - 2^19 - 1 = 2^19 (2-1) = 2^20

A.
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24 Mar 2009, 06:23
hi GMAT TIGER,

Great solution.
But i feel that there is some calculation mistake in the last line, which gives a wrong result.

Here it goes:

As u have derived it,
x(19) = 2^19 +1
x(20) = 2^20 +1

x20 – x19 = (2^20 +1) - (2^19 +1) = 2^19 (2-1) = 2^19.

Tell me the OA plz.
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Name: Ronak Amin
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24 Mar 2009, 06:25
Hi
Didnt understand the last part:

x20 – x19 = (2^20 +1) - (2^19 +1) = 2^19 (3-1) = 2^20
it shud be
2^20 - 2^19 = 2^19 (2-1) = 2^19.

GMAT TIGER wrote:
Economist wrote:
If the sequence x1, x2, x3, …, xn, … is such that x1 = 3 and xn+1 = 2xn – 1 for n ≥ 1, then x20 – x19 =

A. 2^19
B. 2^20
C. 2^21
D. 2^20 - 1
E. 2^21 - 1

Note: xn is the nth term, 2xn is 2*nth term. I dont know how to write this notation here.

x1 = 3
x(n+1) = 2x(n) - 1
x(2) = 2x(1) - 1 = 2x3 - 1 = 2^2 + 1
x(3) = 2x(2) - 1 = 2x5 - 1 = 2^3 + 1
x(4) = 2x(3) - 1 = 2x9 - 1 = 2^4 + 1
x(5) = 2x(4) - 1 = 2x17 - 1 = 2^5 +1

x(19) = 2^19 +1
x(20) = 2^20 +1

x20 – x19 = (2^20 +1) - (2^19 +1) = 2^19 (3-1) = 2^20

B.
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24 Mar 2009, 09:01
x20=2 *x19 -11
hence x20-x19 = x19 - 1 ------------------>(1)
Now x2= 5 = 2^2+1
x3=9= 2^3 +1
Generalising, x(n)= 2^n + 1
Hence x(19)= 2^19 +1
Put in (1),

x20-x19 = 2^19 - 1 +1 = 2^19

Hence A
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24 Mar 2009, 16:43
abhishekik wrote:
hi GMAT TIGER,

Great solution.
But i feel that there is some calculation mistake in the last line, which gives a wrong result.

Here it goes:

As u have derived it,
x(19) = 2^19 +1
x(20) = 2^20 +1

x20 – x19 = (2^20 +1) - (2^19 +1) = 2^19 (2-1) = 2^19.

Tell me the OA plz.

Thanks. I updated.

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