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A sequence is a function of natural numbers with codomain as the set of real numbers or complex numbers.
A sequence may be finite or infinite depending on whether it has finite or infinite terms.
A progression is a sequence having its terms in a definite pattern.
A Series is constructed by adding or subtracting the terms of a sequence.
A series having finite number of terms is called a finite series while the series having infinite number of terms is called infinite sereis.
If ‘a’ is the first term and ‘d’ is the common difference of the arithmetic progression then its n^{th} term is given by a_{n} = a + (n-1)d
In a_{n} = a + (n-1)d, note that:
if d > 0, then it is an increasing A.P.
if d < 0, then it is a decreasing A.P.
if d = 0, then all the terms remain same.
The sum, S_{n} of the first ‘n’ terms of the A.P. is given by S_{n} = n/2 [2a + (n-1)d]
If S_{n} is the sum of n terms of an A.P. whose first term is ‘a’ and last term is ‘l’,S_{n} = (n/2)(a + l).
If common difference is d, number of terms n and the last term l, then S_{n} = (n/2)[2l-(n -1)d]
If a fixed number is added or subtracted from each term of an A.P., then the resulting sequence is also an A.P. and it has the same common difference as that of the original A.P.
If each term of A.P is multiplied by some constant or divided by a non-zero fixed constant, the resulting sequence is an A.P. again.
The sum of two terms of an A.P. equidistant from the beginning and end is constant and equal to the sum of first and last terms.
If a_{1}, a_{2}, a_{3}, …, a_{n} and b_{1}, b_{2}, b_{3}, …, b_{n}, are in A.P. then a_{1}+b_{1}, a_{2}+b_{2}, a_{3}+b_{3}, ……, a_{n}+b_{n }and a_{1}–b_{1}, a_{2}–b_{2}, a_{3}–b_{3}, ……, a_{n}–b_{n} will also be in A.P.
Suppose a_{1}, a_{2}, a_{3}, ……,a_{n} are in A.P. then a_{n}, a_{n–1}, ……, a_{3}, a_{2}, a_{1} will also be in A.P.
If n^{th} term of a series is t_{n} = An + B, then the series is in A.P.
If a_{1}, a_{2}, a_{3}, ……, a_{n} are in A.P., then a_{1} + a_{n} = a_{2} + a_{n–1} = a_{3} + a_{n–2} = …… and so on.
In order to assume three terms in A.P. whose sum is given, they should be assumed as a-d, a, a+d.
Four terms of the A.P. whose sum is given should be assumed as a-3d, a-d, a+d, a+3d
Five convenient numbers in A.P. a–2b, a–b, a, a+b, a+2b.
In general, we take a-rd, a-(r-1)d, …., a-d, a, a+rd in case we have to take (2r + 1) terms in an A.P.
Likewise, any 2r terms of an A.P. should be assumed as: a – (2r-1)d, a – (2r – 3)d, …., a – d, a, a + d, ………….. , a + (2r – 3)d, a + (2r – 1)d.
The arithmetic mean of two numbers ‘a’ and ‘b’ is (a+b)/2.
The terms A_{1}, A_{2}, ….. , A_{n} are said to be arithmetic means between a and b if a, A_{1}, A_{2}, ….. , A_{n}, b is an A.P.
Clearly, ‘a’ is the first term, ‘b’ is the (n+2)^{th} term and ‘d’ is the common difference. Then, we have b = a+(n+2-1)d = a+(n+1)d
Hence, this gives ‘d’ = (b-a)/(n+1)
If ‘a’ is the first term and ‘r’ is the common ratio of the geometric progression, then its n^{th} term is given by a_{n} = ar^{n-1}
The sum, S_{n} of the first ‘n’ terms of the G.P. is given by S_{n} = a (r^{n} – 1)/ (r-1), when r ≠1; = na , if r =1
If -1 < x < 1, then lim x^{n} = 0, as n →∞. Hence, the sum of an infinite G.P. is 1 + x + x^{2}+ ….. = 1/(1-x)
If -1 < r< 1, then the sum of the infinite G.P. is a +ar+ ar^{2}+ ….. = a/(1-r)
If each term of the G.P is multiplied or divided by a non-zero fixed constant, the resulting sequence is again a G.P.
If each term of the G.P is raised to the same power then the resulting sequence is again a G.P
If a_{1}, a_{2}, a_{3}, …. and b_{1}, b_{2}, b_{3}, … are two geometric progressions, then a_{1}b_{1}, a_{2}b_{2}, a_{3}b_{3}, …… is also a geometric progression and a_{1}/b_{1}, a_{2}/b_{2}, ... ... ..., a_{n}/b_{n} will also be in G.P.
Suppose a_{1}, a_{2}, a_{3}, ……,a_{n} are in G.P. then a_{n}, a_{n–1}, a_{n–2}, ……, a_{3}, a_{2}, a_{1} will also be in G.P.
Taking the inverse of a G.P. also results a G.P. Suppose a_{1}, a_{2}, a_{3}, ……,a_{n} are in G.P then 1/a_{1}, 1/a_{2}, 1/a_{3} ……, 1/a_{n} will also be in G.P
If we need to assume three numbers in G.P. then they should be assumed as a/b, a, ab (here common ratio is b)
Four numbers in G.P. should be assumed as a/b^{3}, a/b, ab, ab^{3} (here common ratio is b^{2})
Five numbers in G.P. a/b^{2}, a/b, a, ab, ab^{2} (here common ratio is b)
If a_{1}, a_{2}, a_{3},… ,a_{n} is a G.P (a_{i }> 0 ∀i), then log a_{1}, log a_{2}, log a_{3}, ……, log a_{n} is an A.P. In this case, the converse of the statement also holds good.
If three terms are in G.P., then the middle term is called the geometric mean (G.M.) between the two. So if a, b, c are in G.P., then b = √ac is the geometric mean of a and c.
Likewise, if a_{1}, a_{2}, ……,a_{n} are non-zero positive numbers, then their G.M.(G) is given by G = (a_{1}a_{2}a_{3} …… a_{n})^{1/n}.
If G_{1}, G_{2}, ……G_{n} are n geometric means between and a and b then a, G_{1}, G_{2}, ……,G_{n} b will be a G.P.
Here b = ar^{n+1} ⇒ r = ^{n+1}√b/a, Hence, G_{1} = a. ^{n+1}√b/a, G_{2} = a(^{n+1}√b/a)^{2},…, G_{n} = a(^{n+1}√b/a)^{n}.
Relation between A.M. and G.M. is A.M. ≥ G.M.
A sequence of the form S = a + (a+d)r + (a+2d)r^{2} + (a+3d)r^{3} + …. is called an arithmetic geometric progression.
Here, each term is the product of corresponding terms in an arithmetic and geometric series.
T_{n} = [a + (n-1) d]r^{n-1} is the nth term of A.G.P.
Sum of n terms of A.G.P. is given by S = a/(1-r) + dr(1-r^{n-1}/(1-r)^{2}) – [a+(n-1)d]r^{n}/(1-r), where r is the common ratio, d is the common difference and a is the first term.
S_{∞ }= a/(1-r) + dr/(1-r)^{2}.
Let a, b and c form an H.P. Then 1/a, 1/b and 1/c form an A.P.
If a, b and c are in H.P. then 2/b = 1/a + 1/c, which can be simplified as b = 2ac/(a+c).
If ‘a’ and ‘b’ are two non-zero numbers then the sequence a, H, b is a H.P.
The n numbers H_{1}, H_{2}, ……,H_{n} are said to be harmonic means between a and b, if a, H_{1}, H_{2} ……, H_{n}, b are in H.P. i.e. if 1/a, 1/H_{1}, 1/H_{2}, ..., 1/H_{n}, 1/b are in A.P. Let d be the common difference of the A.P., Then 1/b = 1/a + (n+1) d ⇒ d = a–b/(n+1)ab.
Thus 1/H_{1} = 1/a + a–b/(n+1)ab,
1/H_{2} = 1/a + 2(a–n)/(n+1)ab,
……….. ……….
1/H_{n} = 1/a + n(a–b)/(n+1)ab.
Questions on Harmonic Progression are generally solved by first converting them into those of Arithmetic Progression.
If ‘a’ and ‘b’ are two positive real numbers then A.M x H.M = G.M^{2}
If we need to find three numbers in a H.P. then they should be assumed as 1/a–d, 1/a, 1/a+d
Four convenient numbers in H.P. are 1/a–3d, 1/a–d, 1/a+d, 1/a+3d
Five convenient numbers in H.P. are 1/a–2d, 1/a–d, 1/a, 1/a+d, 1/a+2d
Sequences containing Σn, Σn^{2}, Σn^{3}
^{?} Σn = n(n+1)/2
Σn^{2 }= n(n+1)(2n+1)/6
Σn^{3 }= [n(n+1)/2]^{2}
Using method of difference:
If T_{1}, T_{2},T_{3} are the terms of sequence then the terms T_{2} – T_{1}, T_{3} – T_{2}, T_{4} – T_{3} …..may at times be in A.P. or sometimes may be in G.P. In such series, we first compute their nth term and then compute the sum to n terms, using sigma notation.
A series in which each term is composed of the reciprocal of the product of r factors in A.P., the first factor of the several terms being in the same A.P., then such series are solved by splitting the nth term as a difference of two.