Sums of Geometric Series

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Geometric series either get bigger or approach a single number. So, how do you know which it is? An interactive presents three different geometric series with varying common ratios. With the aid of patterns, pupils determine values of r that will make a series divergent or convergent. Learners determine the formula for the sum of the first n terms of a geometric series.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Lead a discussion on whether all geometric series with a common ratio less than one are divergent
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes the class is familiar with geometric sequences
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  • Lets students see the correct answer if necessary
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