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Formula for the sum of geometric progressions

A geometric sequence is a sequence that keeps multiplying the number in the first term.


$$3,\ 3\times4,\ 3\times4^2,\ 3\times4^3,\cdots,\ 3\times4^{n}$$

Expressed numerically, it looks like the above.
The above sequence is a geometric sequence with the first term \(3\) and the common ratio \(4\).

And the formula for the sum of geometric progressions is given below.

The sum of the geometric progression of the first term \(a\), the common ratio \(r\), and the number of terms \(n\) is

\displaystyle \frac{a(1-r^n)}{1-r}=\displaystyle \frac{a(r^n-1)}{r-1}\ \ &(r\neq 1)&\ \

The sum of the geometric progression is used properly by the common ratio \(r\).

\(r≠1\) or \(r=1\).

Formula memorization and puns

The official pun is "Ii visits, English also visits the n-th power"is.

$$S_n=\displaystyle \frac{a(1-r^n)\{Eng also comes to the n-th power\}}{1-r\{Ii comes to the \}}$$

I introduced the puns, but there is also a way to memorize the formula, which will be explained next, to prove the sum of geometric progressions.
This is because once you have learned how to prove it, you can easily guide it.

Use whoever you like!

Prove the Sum of Geometric Sequences

Now let's prove the sum of geometric progressions.
The sum of the geometric progression must be used properly according to the common ratio \(r\).

\displaystyle \frac{a(1-r^n)}{1-r}=\displaystyle \frac{a(r^n-1)}{r-1}\ \ &(r\neq 1)&\ \

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when r=1

Let \(S_n\) be the sum from the first term to the \(n\)th term of the geometric progression of the first term \(a\) and the common ratio \(1\), then it can be written as follows .

$$S_n=a+a+a\cdots a+a=na$$

when r≠1

Let \(S_n\) be the sum of the geometric progression of the first term \(a\), the common ratio \(r\), and the number of terms \(n\).

$$S_n=a+ar+ar^2+ar^3\cdots ar^{n-2}+ar^{n-1}\cdots①$$

Here, both sides of the formula ① are multiplied by \(r\).

$$rS_n=ar+ar^2+ar^3+ar^4\cdots ar^{n-2}+ar^{n-1}+ar^n\cdots②$$

It can be calculated as follows from \(①-②\)

S_n&=&a+ar+ar^2+ar^3\cdots ar^{n-2}+ar^{n-1}\\
-rS_n&=&\ \ \ \ -ar-ar^2-ar^3\cdots ar^{n-2}-ar^{n-1}-ar^n)\\
S_n&=&\displaystyle \frac{a(1-r^n)}{1-r}

From the above, the sum of the geometric progression of the first term \(a\), the common ratio \(r=1\), and the number of terms \(n\) is

\displaystyle \frac{a(1-r^n)}{1-r}=\displaystyle \frac{a(r^n-1)}{r-1}\ \ &(r\neq 1)&\ \

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Proof of the formula for the sum of geometric progressionsWe prove the following formula for the sum of geometric progressions.\begin{eqnarray} S_n=\begin{cases}\displaystyle \frac {a(1-r^...

The reason why the sum of up to n-1 terms is the n-th power

In the question, ask, "It is the sum of a geometric progression, but why does \(r^n\) appear in the formula even though it is the sum of the first term to the \(n-1\) term?" will be

You can find the answer by looking at the proof.

Since the difference between \(S_n\) and \(rS_n\) is calculated, \(r^n\) appears even though the calculation is up to the \(n-1\) term.

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sum of geometric progressions using sigma (Σ)

Now let's think about sums of geometric progressions using sigma.

\(\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^n ar^{k-1}\)

The meaning of this expression is "the sum when \(1 to n\) is substituted for \(k\)".

k=1\rightarrow ar^0=a\\
k=2\rightarrow ar^{2-1}=ar\\
k=3\rightarrow ar^{3-1}=ar^2\\
k=n-1 \rightarrow ar^{(n-1)-1}=ar^{n-2}\\

You can calculate it like this.
I will add them all!That's what the sigma formula means.
\(\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^n ar^{k-1}\)

In other words, it is the sum of geometric progressions.

How to find the sum of a geometric progression using sigma

So how do you find the sum of geometric progressions from the sigma formula?I have a question.

The answer is to find the first term \(a\), the common ratio \(r\), and the number of terms \(n\) from the sigma equation.
Substitute into the formula for the sum of geometric progressions!is the answer.

For example, what about the formula below:

$$\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^8 5\times 2^{k+1}$$

Let's find it in order of the first term, the common ratio, and the number of terms.

first term

The first term is the first term, so it is the value when \(k=1\).
So \(5\times 2{1+1}=5\times2^2=20\) and \(a=20\).

common ratio

Next, find the common ratio.
k=1\rightarrow 5\times2^2=20\\
k=2\rightarrow 5\times2^3=40\\
k=3\rightarrow 5\times2^4=80\\

You can see that it is \(\times2\) as above.
So the common ratio is \(r=2\).

number of terms

Finally, consider the number of terms.

The problem is \(\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^8 5\times 2^{k+1}\).

The meaning of the sigma (\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^8 ) part is from \(k=1\) to \(k=2\), \(k=3\) and increasing by 1 Increase to \(8\).And I'll take it allis what it means.

So the number of terms is from \(1\) to \(8\), so \(n=8\).

To summarize the above,
First term\(a=20\), common ratio\(r=2\), number of terms\(n=8\).
Since the common ratio is \(r≠1\), substitute it into the following formula.

\(S_n=\displaystyle \frac{a(1-r^n)}{1-r}\)

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Substituting and calculating,

S_n&=&\displaystyle \frac{20(1-2^8)}{1-2}\\
&=&\displaystyle \frac{20(1-256)}{-1}\\

From the above,
\(\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^8 5\times 2^{k+1}=5100\)

when k=0

One thing to note about sigma (\(\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^n\)).
The point is that it may start from \(k=0\).

For example, let's say the previous problem started with \(k=0\) as shown below.

$$\displaystyle \sum_{k=0}^8 5\times 2^{k+1}$$

There are two ways to solve it.

  1. Find the first term, the common ratio, and the number of terms and substitute
  2. Add the value of \(k=0\) and the value of \(\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^8 5\times 2^{k+1}\)

Let's go through them one by one.

Find the first term, common ratio, and number of terms

First, let's look at how to find the first term, the common ratio, and the number of terms, which are the most common solutions.

The first term is \(k=0\), so \(5\times 2^1=10\)
The common ratio is \(r=2\)
The number of terms is \(0 to 8\), so \(n=9\)

Substituting into the formula for the sum of geometric progressions, we get

S_n&=&\displaystyle \frac{10(1-2^9)}{1-2}\\
&=&\displaystyle \frac{10(1-512)}{-1}\\

It becomes.

add the value of \(k=0\)

Next, let's see how to add \(k=0\).
If you know the value of \(\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^8 5\times 2^{k+1}\), this method is easy.

From the property of sigma, the following transformation of the formula holds.

$$\displaystyle \sum_{k=0}^8 5\times 2^{k+1}=5\times 2^{0+1}+\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^8 5\times 2 ^{k+1}$$

So adding \(0\times 8=5\) to \(\displaystyle \sum_{k=2}^1 5\times 2^{k+10}\) gives the answer.

\(\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^8 5\times 2^{k+1}=5100\) is found because it was explained earlier.
If you add \(10\) to this, you can easily get \(5110\).

Situations where this formula can be used

Examples of situations where this formula can be used are:

[Problem] Find the next value

(1) \(\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^8 5\times 2^{k+1}\)
(2) \(\displaystyle \sum_{k=0}^8 5\times 2^{k+1}\)

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In this case, (2) does not need to be calculated.
It can be obtained by adding the value (\(1\times 0^{5+2}=0\)) when \(k=1\) to the value obtained in (10).

sum of infinite geometric progressions

I will explain the sum of infinite geometric progressions.
Written in sigma, the formula looks like this:

$$\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^{\infty}ar^{k-1}=a+ar+ar^2+\cdots$$

To find this sum, we can use the formula for the sum of geometric progressions.
However, even if I know the first term \(a\) and the common ratio \(r\), the number of terms \(n=\infty\) makes it impossible to calculate.
So we use \(\displaystyle\lim_{n\to\infty}\) to express it.

&&\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^{\infty}ar^{k-1}\\
&=&\displaystyle\lim_{n\to\infty}\displaystyle \frac{a(1-r^n)}{1-r}

Here \(\displaystyle\lim_{n\to\infty}r^n\) is the point.
In conclusion \(-1
\(\displaystyle\lim_{n\to\infty}r^n = 0\).

For example, if \(r=0.5\),


and finally \(\displaystyle\lim_{n\to\infty}r^n = 0\).
If the absolute value of \(r\) is less than \(1\) (\(-1

\(\displaystyle\lim_{n\to\infty}r^n\) diverges to infinity when the absolute value of \(r\) is greater than or equal to \(1\).

From the above, the sum of infinite geometric progressions can be summarized as follows.

\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^{\infty} ar^{k-1}=\displaystyle\lim_{n\to\infty}\displaystyle \frac{a(1-r^n)}{1- r}=
\begin{cases}\displaystyle \frac{a(1-0)}{1-r}= \displaystyle \frac{a}{1-r}\ (|r|<1)\\
\infty\ (|r|>1)

Sum of Geometric Sequences with Common Ratios as Fractions

Finally, I would like to explain what happens when the common ratio \(r\) is a fraction.
In conclusion, even if the common ratio \(r\) is a fraction, it does not change.

For example, suppose the first term \(a=2\), the common ratio \(r=\displaystyle \frac{1}{3}\), and the number of terms \(n=5\).
From the formula for the sum of geometric progressions,

S_n&=&\displaystyle \frac{a(1-r^n)}{1-r}\\\\
&=&\displaystyle \frac{2\left( 1-\left( \displaystyle \frac{1}{3}\right)^5\right)}{1-\displaystyle \frac{1}{3}} \\
&=&\displaystyle \frac{2\left(1-\displaystyle \frac{1}{243} \right)}{\displaystyle \frac{2}{3}}\\
&=&\displaystyle \frac{2\left(\displaystyle \frac{242}{243} \right)}{\displaystyle \frac{2}{3}}\\
&=&\displaystyle \frac{2\times242\times3}{243\times2}\\
&=&\displaystyle \frac{242}{81}

Can be calculated.
The calculations themselves are a little more complicated, but they do the same thing!

That's all for the explanation of the sum of geometric progressions!


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