Home>Arithmetic Sequences
Lesson by Mike McGarry
Magoosh Expert

Summary
The content provides an in-depth exploration of arithmetic sequences, focusing on their definition, the formula for finding any term in the sequence, and practical applications through example problems.
• An arithmetic sequence is defined by the addition of a constant (common difference) to each term to arrive at the next.
• The nth term of an arithmetic sequence can be found using the formula: a_n = a_1 + (n - 1)d, where a_1 is the first term and d is the common difference.
• Special cases of arithmetic sequences include consecutive integers, consecutive odd or even numbers, and sets of numbers that, when divided by a number, yield a fixed remainder.
• Practical examples illustrate how to apply the formula to find specific terms within a sequence and solve problems involving sequences.
• Understanding the derivation and application of the nth term formula is emphasized over rote memorization.
Chapters
00:00
Introduction to Arithmetic Sequences
00:59
Finding the nth Term
02:52
Generalizing the nth Term Formula
04:27
Practical Application and Problem Solving