# Past Papers’ Solutions | Edexcel | AS & A level | Mathematics | Core Mathematics 1 (C1-6663/01R) | Year 2014 | June | Q#3

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**Question**

A sequence is defined by

, for

Where is a constant.

**a) **Find an expression for in terms of k.

Given that ,

**b) **Find the value of k.

**Solution**

**a) **

We are given that sequence is defined by

We are required to find .

We can utilize the given expression for general terms beyond first term as;

**b) **

We are given that;

It is evident that sum of first 3 terms of given arithmetic sequence is 66.

We are already given first term and have found 2^{nd} term in (a) while we need to find 3^{rd} term.

We can utilize the given expression for general terms beyond first term as;

We can substitute from (a);

Therefore;

As per given condition ;

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