# 1961 AHSME Problems/Problem 12

## Problem

The first three terms of a geometric progression are $\sqrt{2}, \sqrt{2}, \sqrt{2}$. Find the fourth term. $\textbf{(A)}\ 1\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ \sqrt{2}\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ \sqrt{2}\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ \sqrt{2}\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \sqrt{2}$

## Solution

After rewriting the radicals as fractional exponents, the sequence is $2^{1/2}, 2^{1/3}, 2^{1/6}$.

The common ratio of the geometric sequence is $\frac{2^{1/3}}{2^{1/2}} = 2^{-1/6}$. Multiplying that by the third term results in $2^0$. It simplifies to $1$, so the answer is $\boxed{\textbf{(A)}}$.

## See Also

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