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Question 1
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Consider an arithmetic sequence $2,6,10,14,\dots$

Find the common difference, $d$. [2]

Find the $10$th term in the sequence. [2]

Find the sum of the first $10$ terms in the sequence. [2]
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Question 2
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An arithmetic sequence has $u_1= 40$, $u_2 = 32$, $u_3 = 24$.

Find the common difference, $d$. [2]

Find $u_8$. [2]

Find $S_8$. [2]
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Question 3
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Only one of the following four sequences is arithmetic and only one of them is geometric.

State which sequence is arithmetic and find the common difference of the sequence. [2]

State which sequence is geometric and find the common ratio of the sequence.[2]

For the geometric sequence find the exact value of the eighth term. Give your answer as a fraction. [2]
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Question 4
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Only one of the following four sequences is arithmetic and only one of them is geometric.

State which sequence is arithmetic and find the common difference of the sequence. [2]

State which sequence is geometric and find the common ratio of the sequence.[2]

For the geometric sequence find the exact value of the sixth term. Give your answer as a fraction. [2]
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Question 5
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Consider the infinite geometric sequence $4480$, $3360$, $2520$, $1890,\dots$

Find the common ratio, $r$. [2]

Find the $20$th term. [2]

Find the exact sum of the infinite sequence. [2]
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Question 6
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The table shows the first four terms of three sequences: $u_n$, $v_n$, and $w_n$.

State which sequence is

arithmetic;

geometric. [2]


Find the sum of the first $50$ terms of the arithmetic sequence. [2]

Find the exact value of the $13$th term of the geometric sequence. [2]
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Question 7
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An arithmetic sequence is given by $3$, $5$, $7,\dots$

Write down the value of the common difference, $d$. [1]

Find

$u_{10}$;

$S_{10}$. [4]


Given that $u_n = 253$, find the value of $n$. [2]
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Question 8
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Consider the infinite geometric sequence $9000$, $7200$, $5760$, $4608$, ...

Find the common ratio. [2]

Find the $25$th term. [2]

Find the exact sum of the infinite sequence. [2]
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Question 9
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Consider the following sequence of figures.
Figure 1 contains $6$ line segments.

Given that Figure $n$ contains $101$ line segments, show that $n = 20$.[3]

Find the total number of line segments in the first $20$ figures. [3]
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Question 10
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Consider an arithmetic sequence where $u_{12} = S_{12} = 12$. Find the value of the first term, $u_1$, and the value of the common difference, $d$.
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Question 11
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A tennis ball bounces on the ground $n$ times. The heights of the bounces, $h_1, h_2, h_3, \dots,h_n,$ form a geometric sequence. The height that the ball bounces the first time, $h_1$, is $80$ cm, and the second time, $h_2$, is $60$ cm.

Find the value of the common ratio for the sequence. [2]

Find the height that the ball bounces the tenth time, $h_{10}$. [2]

Find the total distance travelled by the ball during the first six bounces (up and down). Give your answer correct to $2$ decimal places. [2]
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Question 12
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The third term, $u_3$, of an arithmetic sequence is $7$. The common
difference of
the sequence, $d$, is $3$.

Find $u_1$, the first term of the sequence. [2]

Find $u_{60}$, the $60$th term of sequence. [2]
The first and fourth terms of this arithmetic sequence are the first two
terms
of a geometric sequence.
 Calculate the sixth term of the geometric sequence.
[2]
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Question 13
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The fifth term, $u_5$, of a geometric sequence is $125$. The sixth term, $u_6$, is $156.25$.

Find the common ratio of the sequence. [2]

Find $u_1$, the first term of the sequence. [2]

Calculate the sum of the first $12$ terms of the sequence. [2]
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Question 14
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The fourth term, $u_4$, of a geometric sequence is $135$. The fifth term, $u_5$, is $81$.

Find the common ratio of the sequence. [2]

Find $u_1$, the first term of the sequence. [2]

Calculate the sum of the first $20$ terms of the sequence. [2]
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Question 15
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The fifth term, $u_5$, of an arithmetic sequence is $25$. The eleventh term, $u_{11}$, of the same sequence is $49$.

Find $d$, the common difference of the sequence. [2]

Find $u_1$, the first term of the sequence. [2]

Find $S_{100}$, the sum of the first $100$ terms of the sequence. [2]
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Question 16
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In an arithmetic sequence, $u_5 = 24$, $u_{13} = 80$.

Find the common difference. [2]

Find the first term. [2]

Find the sum of the first $20$ terms in the sequence. [2]
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Question 17
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The first three terms of a geometric sequence are $u_1 = 32$, $u_2 = 16$, $u_3 = 8$.

Find the value of the common ratio, $r$. [2]

Find $u_6$. [2]

Find $S_{\infty}$. [2]
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Question 18
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In an arithmetic sequence, $u_4 = 12$, $u_{11} = 9$.

Find the common difference. [2]

Find the first term. [2]

Find the sum of the first $11$ terms in the sequence. [2]
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Question 19
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In an arithmetic sequence, the sum of the 2nd and 6th term is $32$.
Given that the sum of the first six terms is $120$, determine the first
term and common difference of the sequence.
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Question 20
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An arithmetic sequence has first term $45$ and common difference $1.5$.

Given that the $k$th term of the sequence is zero, find the value of $k$. [2]
Let $S_n$ denote the sum of the first $n$ terms of the sequence.
 Find the maximum value of $S_n$. [3]
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Question 21
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An arithmetic sequence has first term $30$ and common difference $5$.

Given that the $k$th term is the first positive term of the sequence, find the value of $k$. [3]
Let $S_n$ denote the sum of the first $n$ terms of the sequence.
 Find the minimum value of $S_n$. [3]
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Question 22
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The Australian Koala Foundation estimates that there are about $45\hspace{0.15em}000$ koalas left in the wild in $2019$. A year before, in $2018$, the population of koalas was estimated as $50\hspace{0.15em}000$. Assuming the population of koalas continues to decrease by the same percentage each year, find:

the exact population of koalas in $2022$; [3]

the number of years it will take for the koala population to reduce to half of its number in $2018$. [3]
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Question 23
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Landmarks are placed along the road from London to Edinburgh and the distance between each landmark is $16.1$ km. The first landmark placed on the road is $124.7$ km from London, and the last landmark is near Edinburgh. The length of the road from London to Edinburgh is $667.1$ km.

Find the distance between the fifth landmark and London. [3]

Determine how many landmarks there are along the road. [3]
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Question 24
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The first term of an arithmetic sequence is $24$ and the common difference is $16$.

Find the value of the $62$nd term of the sequence. [2]
The first term of a geometric sequence is $8$. The $4$th term of the geometric sequence is equal to the $13$th term of the arithmetic sequence given above.

Write down an equation using this information. [2]

Calculate the common ratio of the geometric sequence. [2]
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Question 25
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On $1$st of January $2021$, Fiona decides to take out a bank loan to purchase a new Tesla electric car. Fiona takes out a loan of $\$P$ with a bank that offers a nominal annual interest rate of $2.6\hspace{0.05em}\%$, compounded monthly.
The size of Fiona's loan at the end of each year follows a geometric sequence with common ratio, $\alpha$.

Find the value of $\alpha$, giving your answer to five significant figures. [3]
The bank lets the size of Fiona's loan increase until it becomes triple the size of the original loan. Once this happens, the bank demands that Fiona pays the entire amount back to close the loan.
 Find the year during which Fiona will need to pay back the
loan. [3]
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Question 26
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The first three terms of an arithmetic sequence are $u_1, 4u_19$, and $3u_1+18$.

Show that $u_1=9$. [2]

Prove that the sum of the first $n$ terms of this arithmetic sequence is a square number. [4]
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Question 27
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On Gary's $50$th birthday, he invests $\$P$ in an account that pays a nominal annual interest rate of $5$ %, compounded monthly.
The amount of money in Gary's account at the end of each year follows a geometric sequence with common ratio, $\alpha$.

Find the value of $\alpha$, giving your answer to four significant figures. [3]
Gary makes no further deposits or withdrawals from the account.
 Find the age Gary will be when the amount of money in his
account will be double the amount he invested. [3]
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Question 28
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Consider an arithmetic sequence with $u_{1}=5$ and $u_{6}=\log_3 32$.
Find the common difference of the sequence, expressing your answer in the form $\log_3 a$, where $a \in \mathbb{Q}$.
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Question 29
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In an arithmetic sequence, the third term is $41$ and the ninth term is $23$.

Find the common difference. [2]

Find the first term. [2]

Find the smallest value of $n$ such that $S_n < 0$. [3]
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Question 30
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The first three terms of a geometric sequence are $u_1 = 0.8$, $u_2 = 2.4$, $u_3 = 7.2$.

Find the value of the common ratio, $r$. [2]

Find the value of $S_8$. [2]

Find the least value of $n$ such that $S_n > 35\hspace{0.15em}000$. [3]
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Question 31
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The first three terms of a geometric sequence are $u_1 = 0.4$, $u_2 = 0.6$, $u_3 = 0.9$.

Find the value of the common ratio, $r$. [2]

Find the sum of the first ten terms in the sequence. [2]

Find the greatest value of $n$ such that $S_n < 650$. [3]
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Question 32
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In a geometric sequence, $u_2 = 6$, $u_5 = 20.25$.

Find the common ratio, $r$. [2]

Find $u_1$. [2]

Find the greatest value of $n$ such that $u_n < 200$. [3]
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Question 33
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In this question give all answers correct to the nearest whole number.
A population of goats on an island starts at $232$. The population is expected to increase by $15$ % each year.

Find the expected population size after:

$10$ years;

$20$ years. [4]


Find the number of years it will take for the population to reach $15\hspace{0.15em}000$. [2]
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Question 34
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On $1$st of January $2022$, Grace invests $\$P$ in an account that pays a nominal annual interest rate of $6$ %, compounded quarterly.
The amount of money in Grace's account at the end of each year follows a geometric sequence with common ratio, $\alpha$.

Find the value of $\alpha$, giving your answer to four significant figures. [3]
Grace makes no further deposits or withdrawals from the account.
 Find the year in which the amount of money in Grace's
account will become triple the amount she invested. [3]
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Question 35
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Sarah walks to school each morning. During the first minute, she travels $130$ $\text{metres}$. In each subsequent minute, she travels $5$ metres less than the distance she travelled during the previous minute. The distance from her home to school is $950$ metres. Sarah leaves her house at $8$:$00$ am and must be at school by $8$:$10$ am.
Will Sarah arrive to school on time? Justify your answer.
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Question 36
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Jack rides his bike to work each morning. During the first minute, he travels $160$ metres. In each subsequent minute, he travels $80$ % of the distance travelled during the previous minute.
The distance from his home to work is $750$ metres. Jack leaves his house at $8$:$30$ am and must be at work at $8$:$40$ am.
Will Jack arrive to work on time? Justify your answer.
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