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**1. Find the sum of the following geometric progressions:**

**(i) 2, 6, 18, â€¦ to 7 terms**

**(ii) 1, 3, 9, 27, â€¦ to 8 terms**

**(iii) 1, -1/2, Â¼, -1/8, â€¦**

**(iv) (a ^{2} â€“ b^{2}), (a – b), (a-b)/(a+b), â€¦ to n terms**

**(v) 4, 2, 1, Â½ â€¦ to 10 terms**

**Solution:**

**(i) **2, 6, 18, â€¦ to 7 terms

We know that, sum of GP for n terms = a(r^{n} â€“ 1)/(r â€“ 1)

Given:

a = 2, r = t_{2}/t_{1} = 6/2 = 3, n = 7

Now let us substitute the values in

a(r^{n} â€“ 1)/(r â€“ 1) = 2 (3^{7} – 1)/(3-1)

= 2 (3^{7} – 1)/2

= 3^{7} â€“ 1

= 2187 â€“ 1

= 2186

**(ii) **1, 3, 9, 27, â€¦ to 8 terms

We know that, sum of GP for n terms = a(r^{n} â€“ 1)/(r â€“ 1)

Given:

a = 1, r = t_{2}/t_{1} = 3/1 = 3, n = 8

Now let us substitute the values in

a(r^{n} â€“ 1)/(r â€“ 1) = 1 (3^{8} – 1)/(3-1)

= (3^{8} – 1)/2

= (6561 â€“ 1)/2

= 6560/2

= 3280

**(iii) **1, -1/2, Â¼, -1/8, â€¦

We know that, sum of GP for infinity = a/(1 – r)

Given:

a = 1, r = t_{2}/t_{1} = (-1/2)/1 = -1/2

Now let us substitute the values in

a/(1 – r) = 1/(1 â€“ (-1/2))

= 1/(1 + 1/2)

= 1/((2+1)/2)

= 1/(3/2)

= 2/3

**(iv) **(a^{2} â€“ b^{2}), (a – b), (a-b)/(a+b), â€¦ to n terms

We know that, sum of GP for n terms = a(r^{n} â€“ 1)/(r â€“ 1)

Given:

a = (a^{2} â€“ b^{2}), r = t_{2}/t_{1} = (a-b)/(a^{2} â€“ b^{2}) = (a-b)/(a-b) (a+b) = 1/(a+b), n = n

Now let us substitute the values in

a(r^{n} â€“ 1)/(r â€“ 1) =

**(v) **4, 2, 1, Â½ â€¦ to 10 terms

We know that, sum of GP for n terms = a(r^{n} â€“ 1)/(r â€“ 1)

Given:

a = 4, r = t_{2}/t_{1} = 2/4 = 1/2, n = 10

Now let us substitute the values in

a(r^{n} â€“ 1)/(r â€“ 1) = 4 ((1/2)^{10} – 1)/((1/2)-1)

= 4 ((1/2)^{10} – 1)/((1-2)/2)

= 4 ((1/2)^{10} – 1)/(-1/2)

= 4 ((1/2)^{10} – 1) Ã— -2/1

= -8 [1/1024 -1]

= -8 [1 – 1024]/1024

= -8 [-1023]/1024

= 1023/128

**2. Find the sum of the following geometric series :
(i) 0.15 + 0.015 + 0.0015 + â€¦ to 8 terms;**

**(ii) âˆš2 + 1/âˆš2 + 1/2âˆš2 + â€¦. to 8 terms;**

**(iii) 2/9 â€“ 1/3 + Â½ – Â¾ + â€¦ to 5 terms;**

**(iv) (x + y) + (x ^{2}Â + xy + y^{2}) + (x^{3}Â + x^{2}Â y + xy^{2}Â + y^{3}) + â€¦. to n terms ;**

**(v) 3/5 + 4/5 ^{2} + 3/5^{3} + 4/5^{4} + â€¦ to 2n terms;**

**Solution:**

**(i) **0.15 + 0.015 + 0.0015 + â€¦ to 8 terms

Given:

a = 0.15

r = t_{2}/t_{1} = 0.015/0.15 = 0.1 = 1/10

n = 8

By using the formula,

Sum of GP for n terms = a(1 – r^{n} )/(1 – r)

a(1 – r^{n} )/(1 – r) = 0.15 (1 â€“ (1/10)^{8}) / (1 â€“ (1/10))

= 0.15 (1 â€“ 1/10^{8}) / (1/10)

= 1/6 (1 â€“ 1/10^{8})

**(ii) **âˆš2 + 1/âˆš2 + 1/2âˆš2 + â€¦. to 8 terms;

Given:

a = âˆš2

r = t_{2}/t_{1} = (1/âˆš2)/âˆš2 = 1/2

n = 8

By using the formula,

Sum of GP for n terms = a(1 – r^{n} )/(1 – r)

a(1 – r^{n} )/(1 – r) = âˆš2 (1 â€“ (1/2)^{8}) / (1 – (1/2))

= âˆš2 (1 â€“ 1/256) / (1/2)

= âˆš2 ((256 – 1)/256) Ã— 2

= âˆš2 (255Ã—2)/256

= (255âˆš2)/128

**(iii) **2/9 â€“ 1/3 + Â½ – Â¾ + â€¦ to 5 terms;

Given:

a = 2/9

r = t_{2}/t_{1} = (-1/3) / (2/9) = -3/2

n = 5

By using the formula,

Sum of GP for n terms = a(1 – r^{n} )/(1 – r)

a(1 – r^{n} )/(1 – r) = (2/9) (1 â€“ (-3/2)^{5}) / (1 â€“ (-3/2))

= (2/9) (1 + (3/2)^{5}) / (1 + 3/2)

= (2/9) (1 + (3/2)^{5}) / (5/2)

= (2/9) (1 + 243/32) / (5/2)

= (2/9) ((32+243)/32) / (5/2)

= (2/9) (275/32) Ã— 2/5

= 55/72

**(iv) **(x + y) + (x^{2}Â + xy + y^{2}) + (x^{3}Â + x^{2}Â y + xy^{2}Â + y^{3}) + â€¦. to n terms;

Let S_{n}Â = (x + y) + (x^{2}Â + xy + y^{2}) + (x^{3}Â + x^{2}Â y + xy^{2}Â + y^{3}) + â€¦. to n terms

Let us multiply and divide by (x â€“ y) we get,

S_{n} = 1/(x – y) [(x + y) (x – y) + (x^{2} + xy + y^{2}) (x – y) â€¦ upto n terms]

(x â€“ y) S_{n}Â = (x^{2}Â â€“ y^{2}) + x^{3}Â + x^{2}y + xy^{2}Â â€“ x^{2}y â€“ xy^{2}Â â€“ y^{3}..upto n terms

(x â€“ y) S_{n =}Â (x^{2}Â + x^{3}Â + x^{4}+â€¦n terms) â€“ (y^{2}Â + y^{3}Â + y^{4}Â +â€¦n terms)

By using the formula,

Sum of GP for n terms = a(1 – r^{n} )/(1 – r)

We have two G.Ps in above sum, so,

(x – y) S_{n} = x^{2} [(x^{n} – 1)/ (x – 1)] â€“ y^{2} [(y^{n} – 1)/ (y – 1)]

S_{n} = 1/(x-y) {x^{2} [(x^{n} – 1)/ (x – 1)] â€“ y^{2} [(y^{n} – 1)/ (y – 1)]}

**(v) **3/5 + 4/5^{2} + 3/5^{3} + 4/5^{4} + â€¦ to 2n terms;

The series can be written as:

3 (1/5 + 1/5^{3} + 1/5^{5}+ â€¦ to n terms) + 4 (1/5^{2} + 1/5^{4} + 1/5^{6} + â€¦ to n terms)

Firstly let us consider 3 (1/5 + 1/5^{3} + 1/5^{5}+ â€¦ to n terms)

So, a = 1/5

r = t_{2}/t_{1} = 1/5^{2} = 1/25

By using the formula,

Sum of GP for n terms = a(1 – r^{n} )/(1 – r)

Now, Let us consider 4 (1/5^{2} + 1/5^{4} + 1/5^{6} + â€¦ to n terms)

So, a = 1/25

r = t_{2}/t_{1} = 1/5^{2} = 1/25

By using the formula,

Sum of GP for n terms = a(1 – r^{n} )/(1 – r)

**3.** **Evaluate the following:**

**Solution:**

= (2 + 3^{1}) + (2 + 3^{2}) + (2 + 3^{3}) + â€¦ + (2 + 3^{11})

= 2Ã—11 + 3^{1} + 3^{2} + 3^{3} + â€¦ + 3^{11}

= 22 + 3(3^{11} – 1)/(3 – 1) [by using the formula, a(1 – r^{n} )/(1 – r)]

= 22 + 3(3^{11} – 1)/2

= [44 + 3(177147 – 1)]/2

= [44 + 3(177146)]/2

= 265741

= (2 + 3^{0}) + (2^{2} + 3) + (2^{3} + 3^{2}) + â€¦ + (2^{n} + 3^{n-1})

= (2 + 2^{2} + 2^{3} + â€¦ + 2^{n}) + (3^{0} + 3^{1} + 3^{2} + â€¦. + 3^{n-1})

Firstly let us consider,

(2 + 2^{2} + 2^{3} + â€¦ + 2^{n})

Where, a = 2, r = 2^{2}/2 = 4/2 = 2, n = n

By using the formula,

Sum of GP for n terms = a(r^{n} – 1 )/(r – 1)

= 2 (2^{n} – 1)/(2 – 1)

= 2 (2^{n} – 1)

Now, let us consider

(3^{0} + 3^{1} + 3^{2} + â€¦. + 3^{n})

Where, a = 3^{0} = 1, r = 3/1 = 3, n = n

By using the formula,

Sum of GP for n terms = a(r^{n} – 1 )/(r – 1)

= 1 (3^{n} – 1)/ (3 – 1)

= (3^{n} – 1)/2

So,

= (2 + 2^{2} + 2^{3} + â€¦ + 2^{n}) + (3^{0} + 3^{1} + 3^{2} + â€¦. + 3^{n})

= 2 (2^{n} – 1) + (3^{n} – 1)/2

= Â½ [2^{n+2} + 3^{n} â€“ 4 – 1]

= Â½ [2^{n+2} + 3^{n} – 5]

= 4^{2} + 4^{3} + 4^{4} + â€¦ + 4^{10}

Where, a = 4^{2} = 16, r = 4^{3}/4^{2} = 4, n = 9

By using the formula,

Sum of GP for n terms = a(r^{n} – 1 )/(r – 1)

= 16 (4^{9} – 1)/(4 – 1)

= 16 (4^{9} – 1)/3

= 16/3 [4^{9} – 1]

**4. Find the sum of the following series :
(i) 5 + 55 + 555 + â€¦ to n terms.**

**(ii) 7 + 77 + 777 + â€¦ to n terms.**

**(iii) 9 + 99 + 999 + â€¦ to n terms.**

**(iv) 0.5 + 0.55 + 0.555 + â€¦. to n terms**

**(v) 0.6 + 0.66 + 0.666 + â€¦. to n terms.**

**Solution:**

**(i) **5 + 55 + 555 + â€¦ to n terms.

Let us take 5 as a common term so we get,

5 [1 + 11 + 111 + â€¦ n terms]

Now multiply and divide by 9 we get,

5/9 [9 + 99 + 999 + â€¦ n terms]

5/9 [(10 – 1) + (10^{2} – 1) + (10^{3} – 1) + â€¦ n terms]

5/9 [(10 + 10^{2} + 10^{3} + â€¦ n terms) – n]

So the G.P is

5/9 [(10 + 10^{2} + 10^{3} + â€¦ n terms) – n]

By using the formula,

Sum of GP for n terms = a(r^{n} – 1 )/(r – 1)

Where, a = 10, r = 10^{2}/10 = 10, n = n

a(r^{n} – 1 )/(r – 1) =

**(ii) **7 + 77 + 777 + â€¦ to n terms.

Let us take 7 as a common term so we get,

7 [1 + 11 + 111 + â€¦ to n terms]

Now multiply and divide by 9 we get,

7/9 [9 + 99 + 999 + â€¦ n terms]

7/9 [(10 – 1) + (10^{2} – 1) + (10^{3} – 1) + â€¦ + (10^{n} – 1)]

7/9 [(10 + 10^{2} + 10^{3} + â€¦ +10^{n})] â€“ 7/9 [(1 + 1 + 1 + â€¦ to n terms)]

So the terms are in G.P

Where, a = 10, r = 10^{2}/10 = 10, n = n

By using the formula,

Sum of GP for n terms = a(r^{n} – 1 )/(r – 1)

7/9 [10 (10^{n} – 1)/(10-1)] â€“ n

7/9 [10/9 (10^{n} – 1) – n]

7/81 [10 (10^{n} – 1) – n]

7/81 (10^{n+1} â€“ 9n – 10)

**(iii) **9 + 99 + 999 + â€¦ to n terms.

The given terms can be written as

(10 – 1) + (100 – 1) + (1000 – 1) + â€¦ + n terms

(10 + 10^{2} + 10^{3} + â€¦ n terms) â€“ n

By using the formula,

Sum of GP for n terms = a(r^{n} – 1 )/(r – 1)

Where, a = 10, r = 10, n = n

a(r^{n} – 1 )/(r – 1) = [10 (10^{n} – 1)/(10-1)] â€“ n

= 10/9 (10^{n} – 1) â€“ n

= 1/9 [10^{n+1} â€“ 10 â€“ 9n]

= 1/9 [10^{n+1} â€“ 9n – 10]

**(iv) **0.5 + 0.55 + 0.555 + â€¦. to n terms

Let us take 5 as a common term so we get,

5(0.1 + 0.11 + 0.111 + …n terms)

Now multiply and divide by 9 we get,

5/9 [0.9 + 0.99 + 0.999 + â€¦+ to n terms]

5/9 [9/10 + 9/100 + 9/1000 + â€¦ + n terms]

This can be written as

5/9 [(1 â€“ 1/10) + (1 â€“ 1/100) + (1 â€“ 1/1000) + â€¦ + n terms]

5/9 [n â€“ {1/10 + 1/10^{2} + 1/10^{3} + â€¦ + n terms}]

5/9 [n â€“ 1/10 {1-(1/10)^{n}}/{1 â€“ 1/10}]

5/9 [n â€“ 1/9 (1 â€“ 1/10^{n})]

**(v) **0.6 + 0.66 + 0.666 + â€¦. to n terms.

Let us take 6 as a common term so we get,

6(0.1 + 0.11 + 0.111 + …n terms)

Now multiply and divide by 9 we get,

6/9 [0.9 + 0.99 + 0.999 + â€¦+ n terms]

6/9 [9/10 + 9/100 + 9/1000 + â€¦+ n terms]

This can be written as

6/9 [(1 â€“ 1/10) + (1 â€“ 1/100) + (1 â€“ 1/1000) + â€¦ + n terms]

6/9 [n â€“ {1/10 + 1/10^{2} + 1/10^{3} + â€¦ + n terms}]

6/9 [n â€“ 1/10 {1-(1/10)^{n}}/{1 â€“ 1/10}]

6/9 [n â€“ 1/9 (1 â€“ 1/10^{n})]

**5. How many terms of the G.P. 3, 3/2, Â¾, …Â Be taken together to make 3069/512 ?**

**Solution:**

Given:

Sum of G.P = 3069/512

Where, a = 3, r = (3/2)/3 = 1/2, n = ?

By using the formula,

Sum of GP for n terms = a(r^{n} – 1 )/(r – 1)

3069/512 = 3 ((1/2)^{n} – 1)/ (1/2 – 1)

3069/512Ã—3Ã—2 = 1 â€“ (1/2)^{n}

3069/3072 â€“ 1 = – (1/2)^{n}

(3069 â€“ 3072)/3072 = – (1/2)^{n}

-3/3072 = – (1/2)^{n}

1/1024 = (1/2)^{n}

(1/2)^{10} = (1/2)^{n}

10 = n

âˆ´ 10 terms are required to make 3069/512

**6. How many terms of the series 2 + 6 + 18 + â€¦. Must be taken to make the sum equal to 728?**

**Solution:**

Given:

Sum of GP =Â 728

Where, a = 2, r = 6/2 = 3, n = ?

By using the formula,

Sum of GP for n terms = a(r^{n} – 1 )/(r – 1)

728 = 2 (3^{n} â€“ 1)/(3-1)

728 = 2 (3^{n} – 1)/2

728 = 3^{n} â€“ 1

729 = 3^{n}

3^{6} = 3^{n}

6 = n

âˆ´ 6 terms are required to make a sum equal to 728

**7. How many terms of the sequenceÂ âˆš3, 3, 3âˆš3,â€¦Â must be taken to make the sum 39+ 13âˆš3 ?**

**Solution:**

Given:

Sum of GP =Â 39 + 13âˆš3

Where, a =âˆš3, r = 3/âˆš3 = âˆš3, n = ?

By using the formula,

Sum of GP for n terms = a(r^{n} – 1 )/(r – 1)

39 + 13âˆš3 = âˆš3 (âˆš3^{n} – 1)/ (âˆš3 – 1)

(39 + 13âˆš3) (âˆš3 – 1) = âˆš3 (âˆš3^{n} – 1)

Let us simplify we get,

39âˆš3 â€“ 39 + 13(3) – 13âˆš3 = âˆš3 (âˆš3^{n} – 1)

39âˆš3 â€“ 39 + 39 – 13âˆš3 = âˆš3 (âˆš3^{n} – 1)

39âˆš3 â€“ 39 + 39 – 13âˆš3 = âˆš3^{n+1} – âˆš3

26âˆš3 + âˆš3 = âˆš3^{n+1}

27âˆš3 = âˆš3^{n+1}

âˆš3^{6} âˆš3 = âˆš3^{n+1}

6+1 = n + 1

7 = n + 1

7 â€“ 1 = n

6 = n

âˆ´ 6 terms are required to make a sum of 39 + 13âˆš3

**8. The sum of n terms of the G.P. 3, 6, 12, â€¦ is 381. Find the value of n.**

**Solution:**

Given:

Sum of GP =Â 381

Where, a = 3, r = 6/3 = 2, n = ?

By using the formula,

Sum of GP for n terms = a(r^{n} – 1 )/(r – 1)

381 = 3 (2^{n} – 1)/ (2-1)

381 = 3 (2^{n} – 1)

381/3 = 2^{n} â€“ 1

127 = 2^{n} â€“ 1

127 + 1 = 2^{n}

128 = 2^{n}

2^{7} = 2^{n}

n = 7

âˆ´ value of n is 7

**9. The common ratio of a G.P. is 3, and the last term is 486. If the sum of these terms be 728, find the first term.**

**Solution:**

Given:

Sum of GP =Â 728

Where, r = 3, a = ?

Firstly,

T_{n} = ar^{n-1}

486 = a3^{n-1}

486 = a3^{n}/3

486 (3) = a3^{n}

1458 = a3^{n} â€¦. Equation (i)

By using the formula,

Sum of GP for n terms = a(r^{n} – 1 )/(r – 1)

728 = a (3^{n} – 1)/2

1456 = a3^{n} â€“ a â€¦ equation (2)

Subtracting equation (1) from (2) we get

1458 – 1456 = a.3^{n}Â – a.3^{n}Â + a

a = 2.

âˆ´Â The first term is 2

**10. The ratio of the sum of the first three terms is to that of the first 6 terms of a G.P. is 125 : 152. Find the common ratio.**

**Solution:**

Given:

Sum of G.P of 3 terms is 125

By using the formula,

Sum of GP for n terms = a(r^{n} – 1 )/(r – 1)

125 = a (r^{n} – 1)/(r-1)

125 = a (r^{3} – 1)/ (r-1) â€¦ equation (1)

Now,

Sum of G.P of 6 terms is 152

By using the formula,

Sum of GP for n terms = a(r^{n} – 1 )/(r – 1)

152 = a (r^{n} – 1)/(r-1)

152 = a (r^{6} – 1)/ (r-1) â€¦ equation (2)

Let us divide equation (i) by (ii) we get,

125/152 = [a (r^{3} – 1)/ (r-1)] / [a (r^{6} – 1)/ (r-1)]

125/152 = (r^{3} â€“ 1)/(r^{6} – 1)

125/152 = (r^{3} â€“ 1)/[(r^{3} – 1) (r^{3} + 1)]

125/152 = 1/(r^{3} + 1)

125(r^{3} + 1) = 152

125r^{3} + 125 = 152

125r^{3} = 152 â€“ 125

125r^{3} = 27

r^{3} = 27/125

r^{3} = 3^{3}/5^{3}

r = 3/5

âˆ´Â The common ratio is 3/5