Chapter 16: Sequences and series

Sequences and series


In this Block we develop the ground work for later blocks on infinite series and on power series. We begin with simple sequences of numbers and with finite series of numbers. We introduce the summation notation for the description of series. Finally, we consider arithmetic and geometric series and obtain expressions for the sum of n terms of both types of series.


Before starting this Block you should:

outcomes Learning outcomes

After completing this Block you should:

  • be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide real numbers
  • be able to recognise arithmetic and geometric sequences
  • be able to sum arithmetic and geometric sequences

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