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A certain sequence is defined by the formula an = an – 1 – 7

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A certain sequence is defined by the formula an = an – 1 – 7 [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2018, 10:28
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A certain sequence is defined by the formula \(a_n = a_{n – 1} – 7\).

\(a_7 = 7\)

Quantity A
Quantity B
\(a_1\)
\(-35\)


A) Quantity A is greater.
B) Quantity B is greater.
C) The two quantities are equal.
D) The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.
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Re: A certain sequence is defined by the formula an = an – 1 – 7 [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2018, 05:41
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Explanation

The sequence \(a_n = a_{n - 1} - 7\) can be read as “to get any term in sequence a, subtract 7 from the previous term.” The problem provides the 7th term; plug the term into the function in order to determine the pattern.

Note that Quantity A asks for the value of a1, so try to find the 6th term:

\(7 = a_6 - 7\)

\(a_6 = 14\)

In other words, each previous term will be 7 greater than the subsequent term. Therefore, \(a_7 = 7\), \(a_6 = 14\), \(a_5 = 21\), and so on.

The term \(a_1\), then, is greater than the starting point, 7, and must also be greater than the negative value in Quantity B. Quantity A is greater. Note that the value in Quantity B is the result of incorrectly subtracting 7 six times, rather than adding it.
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Re: A certain sequence is defined by the formula an = an – 1 – 7 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2018, 04:37
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Re: A certain sequence is defined by the formula an = an – 1 – 7 [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2018, 00:51
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a7 = a6 - 7 = a5 - 17 = a4 -21 = a3 - 28 = a2 - 35 = a1 - 42
a7 = a1 -42
7 = a1 -42
a1 = 49
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