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The sequence S is defined by $$S_n = 2(S_{n – 1}) – 4$$ for each integer n ≥ 2. If $$S_1 = 6$$, what is the value of $$S_5$$?

(A) –20
(B) 16
(C) 20
(D) 24
(E) 36
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Explanation

The sequence $$S_n = 2(S_{n - 1}) - 4$$ can be read as “to get any term in sequence S, double the previous term and subtract 4.”

The problem gives $$S_1$$ (the first term) and asks for $$S_5$$ (the fifth term):

 6 $$S_1$$ $$S_2$$ $$S_3$$ $$S_4$$ $$S_5$$

To get any term, double the previous term and subtract 4. To get $$S_2$$, double $$S_1$$ (which is 6) and subtract 4: $$S_2 = 2(6) - 4 = 8$$.

Continue doubling each term and subtracting 4 to get the subsequent term:

 6 8 12 20 36 $$S_1$$ $$S_2$$ $$S_3$$ $$S_4$$ $$S_5$$

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