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A sequence of numbers $$a_1$$, $$a_2$$, $$a_3$$,…. is defined as follows: $$a_1 = 3$$, $$a_2 = 5$$, and every term in the sequence after $$a_2$$ is the product of all terms in the sequence preceding it, e.g, $$a_3 = (a_1)(a_2)$$ and $$a4 = (a_1)(a_2)(a_3)$$. If $$a_n =t$$ and $$n > 2$$, what is the value of $$a_{n+2}$$ in terms of t?

(A) 4t
(B) t^2
(C) t^3
(D) t^4
(E) t^8
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A sequence of numbers $$a_1$$, $$a_2$$, $$a_3$$,…. is defined as follows: $$a_1 = 3$$, $$a_2 = 5$$, and every term in the sequence after $$a_2$$ is the product of all terms in the sequence preceding it, e.g, $$a_3 = (a_1)(a_2)$$ and $$a4 = (a_1)(a_2)(a_3)$$. If $$a_n =t$$ and $$n > 2$$, what is the value of $$a_{n+2}$$ in terms of t?

(A) 4t
(B) t^2
(C) t^3
(D) t^4
(E) t^8

Let's list a few terms....
term1 = 3
term2 = 5
term3 = (term2)(term1) = (5)(3) = 15 (term2)(term1)
term4 = (term3)(term2)(term1) = (15)(5)(3) = 15²
term5 = (term4)(term3)(term2)(term1) = (15²)(15)(5)(3) = 15⁴
term6 = (term5)(term4)(term3)(term2)(term1) = (15⁴)(15²)(15)(5)(3) = 15⁸

At this point, we can see the pattern.

Continuing, we get....
term7 = 15^16
term8 = 15^32

Each term in the sequence is equal to the SQUARE of term before it

If term_n =t and n > 2, what is the value of term_n+2 in terms of t?
So, term_n = t
term_n+1 = t²
term_n+2 = t⁴

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Brent
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