Geometric series

Geometric series

A geometric series is the sum of a finite number of terms in a geometric sequence. Just like the arithmetic series, we also have geometric series formulas to help us with that.

Lessons

The sum of n \, n\, terms of a geometric series:

Sn=t1(rn1)r1=rtnt1r1\large S_n = \frac{t_1(r^{n}-1)} {r-1} = \frac{r \cdot t_{n} - t_{1}} {r-1}
  • 1.
    Geometric series formula:sn=t1(rn1)r1{s_n} = \frac{{{t_1}\;\left( {{r^n} - 1} \right)}}{{r - 1}}
    Determine the sum of the first twelve terms of the geometric series: 5 – 10 + 20 – 40 + … .

  • 2.
    Geometric series formula: sn=rtnt1r1s_{n}=\frac{r \cdot t_{n}-t_{1}}{r-1}
    Determine the sum of the geometric series: 8 + 2 + 12\frac{1}{2} + …. + 1512\frac{1}{{512}} .

  • 3.
    A tennis ball is dropped from the top of a building 15 m high. Each time the ball hits the ground, it bounces back to only 60% of its previous height. What is the total vertical distance the ball has travelled when it hits the ground for the fifth time?