Past Papers’ Solutions  Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)  AS & A level  Mathematics 9709  Pure Mathematics 1 (P19709/01)  Year 2016  MayJun  (P19709/11)  Q#9
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Question
a. The first term of a geometric progression in which all the terms are positive is 50. The third term is 32. Find the sum to infinity of the progression.
b. The first three terms of an arithmetic progression are , and respectively, where x is an acute angle.
i. Show that .
ii. Find the sum of the first twenty terms of the progression.
Solution
a.
From the given information, we can compile following data about Geometric Progression (G.P);
Expression for the general term in the Geometric Progression (G.P) is:
For the 3^{rd} term of Geometric Progression (G.P);
Since all the terms are positive we only .
Expression for the sum to infinity of the Geometric Progression (G.P) when or ;
For the given case;
b.
From the given information, we can compile following data about Arithmetic Progression (A.P);
i.
Expression for difference in Arithmetic Progression (A.P) is:
For the given case;








We know that ;
ii.
Since is an acute angle, we can use calculator to find from;
Therefore;
Expression for difference in Arithmetic Progression (A.P) is:
Expression for the sum of number of terms in the Arithmetic Progression (A.P) is:
For the given case, sum of first 20 terms, ;
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