Mathematics

Question

In succession 8, 32, 128 ... what number is next?
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2 Answer

  • to find the next number just multiply the previous number by 4:
    So in order to find the next number multiply 128 by 4 = 512
    The next number in the sequence is 512

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  • This is a geometric sequence because each term is a common ratio of the previous term.  In this case the common ratio is 4...

    32/8=128/32=r=4

    Any geometric sequence can be expressed as:

    a(n)=ar^(n-1), a(n)=nth term, a=initial term, r=common ratio, n=term number.

    In this case a=8 and r=4 so

    a(n)=8(4^(n-1))  so the 4th number would be:

    a(4)=8(4^3)

    a(4)=8(64)

    a(4)=512

    Now obviously we could have just said a(4)=4*128, but you rarely are asked for the next number as it is pretty obvious,  The above steps and reasoning are what you will need in the majority of questions about geometric sequences...
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